Deck the halls

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Get into the Christmas spirit with these exciting art and craft ideas for making your own decorations


1 Christmas garland

Make a colourful Christmas decoration

Creative Development

Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: begin to be interested in and describe the texture of things (30-50 months); work creatively on a large or small scale (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Child scissors; glue; sticky tape; recyclable materials such as plastic and cardboard pots, tubs, tubes and boxes; old CDs; decorative materials such as coloured paper, card, foil, fabric, lace, braid, Cellophane, beads and sequins; several lengths of tinsel; ribbon or wool; string or garden twine.

What to do

Invite each child to select a small pot, tub, tube or box from the selection of recyclable materials. Help the children to tape a large loop of ribbon or wool to the top. Encourage them to decorate their 3D shape using the range of decorative materials available.

When dry, help the children to hang several decorated shapes along a length of string or garden twine. Secure the string at both ends with a large disc of card to prevent the shapes sliding off. Help the children to wrap colourful tinsel around the string in between the decorated shapes to create a thick, shiny garland.

Hang the garland in a prominent position in your setting to create a distinctive Christmas decoration.


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