These wreath ornaments are an easy peasy craft for all ages, as well as inexpensive and not too messy (a bit of a change for us, my kids are glitter-obsessed!). I made these with the my girls who are four and five in an afternoon, and although it challenged their patience and fine motor skills they both managed to finish a wreath each. I was very proud! This is how you make them…
You will need: Chunky style wool (I doubt these ones I have are actual pure wool but you know what I mean, right?) I bought most of these from the sale table at Spotlight from $1 – $3 each Ribbon,Twine for hanging, Scissors and Thick recycled cardboard rings (see printable template at the end of this post)
How To: Tie a piece of twine into a loop and attach to the ring as a hanger. With little kids it might get in the way a bit and you can do this step at the end if you prefer.
Cut a long length of the wool and tie it to the ring, then lop it around a few times just to get it started before you hand it over to your child.
It takes a fair bit of time and patience to wind the wool around and around, which is why it’s quicker and easier to use the chunky, extra thick styles for little hands.
If they run out of wool that’s ok, just tie a bit more on to the end. Smaller pieces are going to be a bit easier for them to handle.
When they are finished tie the end off and tie a piece of ribbon or a different contrasting style of chunky wool around the string into a bow. Miss R was very pleased with her wreath.
And, of course, some by me
Click to print your template for the wreath shapes
Love this activity I remember making woolly pom pom balls as a child with the basis of this activity. Great way to increase patience, focus and manual dexterity. Alongside communication and language skills as you talk about the feel of the wool and the colours too. Nathalie Brown