It can be difficult to keep children from spending their holiday break from school in front of a TV or video game. At Free Arts for Abused Children in Arizona, a United Way partner organization where I serve as Development Director, our program staff is constantly creating fun and innovative projects for children of all ages to experience. At home and throughout our community, there are a host of fun and innovative projects to delight and inspire kids. Check out these activities with your family:
1. Grab a pipe cleaner to create your ornament.
2. Decorate with beads, buttons, and ribbon.
3. Add a wire clasp at the top, or create a loop at the end of the pipe cleaner so you can
4. Gift your ornament to someone special, or use it to spruce up a room for the holidays.
1. Grab a paper plate and a paper plate “top” (paper plate with a clear plastic center).
2. Use markers and stickers to decorate your paper plate with a “winter” themed background.
3. Place white pom poms/ white tissue paper pieces on top of your decorated plate.
4. Staple the paper plate “top” to your decorated paper plate.
5. Decorate the outside of your “snow globe” with markers and stickers.
6. Make it snow.
1. To make your ornament, gather 2 long strips, 2 medium strips, 2 small strips and 1 very small strip of colorful paper. You can mix and match colored paper for fun effects. (See example.)
2. Hole-punch a hole at the top of each strip (equal distance from the top).
3. Pair up the strips with the other one of the same size. The smallest strip will not have a match.
4. Line the strips up by the smallest strip to longest strip, starting with the smallest single strip.
5. Line strips with smallest in the middle. (See example.)
6. Stack them starting from the left, and placing the next strip on the right on top.
7. When they are stacked, line up the tops and staple.
8. Then line the strips up from the bottom and staple.
9. Loop some string through the hole and tie it to finish your ornament!
10. Optional: Add a holiday message using markers and a tag. Loop it onto your string and share with a loved one.