School's out for Summer so we've been outside enjoying the glorious weather, playing in the pool and running about the garden. We took full advantage of this spell of good weather and made colourful dream catchers to hang outdoors, adding a splash of colour to our surroundings.
These dream catchers are so easy to make and will keep the little ones entertained for a good while. It's a great activity to encourage correct pencil/pen grip in little ones and letting older children express their creative side. It's also great at helping children build up their hand muscles through weaving.
We hope you and your little ones enjoy this activity.
Give each child a paper plate, plenty of colouring ins, thread and some hamabeads.
Cut the inner circle out of the paper plate (keep the cut out for another craft) and let your child colour in the paper plate.
Punch two holes at the top of the plate, which will be used for hanging purposes.
Punch holes the whole way around the paper plate, which will be used for weaving your wool/thick thread.
Punch 3 holes along the bottom of the plate, where you will hang your beads.
Cut a piece of wool/thick thread and thread it through the two holes at the top of the plate. Tie the ends together to make a loop so that you can hang your dream catcher.
Use a long piece of wool/thick thread and weave from the top hole to the opposite hole creating a spider web/star effect. Continue this until each hole has been used. You can attach beads along the way if you wish.
Use some thread and beads on the bottom 3 holes to make hanging down pieces that blow in the wind and catch summer time dreams.
Hang them out in the garden for a lovely display of your childs artwork. They will feel like a million dollars that their work is there for everyone to see :)