My husband and I were recently discussing Christmas crafts we made when we were younger. My husband remembers decorating his room as a child with paper garland. On a recent day off from work he made some garland with J & A. It was nice to sit back and let the three of them do their thing.
My recent goal has been to have them practice cutting with scissors. The paper garland was a great opportunity. The pieces didn’t all have to be uniform to be useful. The end result is some hand crafted paper garland for the children’s Christmas tree, practice with scissors, and quality PapaM time.
J & A simply had green, red, white construction paper, a variety of scissors (J loves the decorative scissors), and PapaM used a stapler to staple the links. PapaM modelled for the children how the garland would be made.
Of course this activity is simple yet there are so many rewards and benefits for the children to having their dad do an activity with them. Personally I think the garland looks great on their tree with their reused cardboard ornaments.
Nurturing young minds with quality time and new traditions.