Christmas is coming and while there's a plethora of Christmas decorations out there, there's something special about making them yourself and with your kids. If you don't celebrate Christmas then this activity is easily adaptable - a pink pom pom piggy anyone?
Time: 60 minutes
Age:5-10 but suitable for younger children with help.
1 woollen pom pom
Coloured paper (black, yellow and skin/pink, red/dark pink)
Couple of pieces of cotton wool
Make or buy a woollen pom pom. If you haven't made one before, you may find yourself becoming addicted. It's a bit zen like. Just follow the steps in the picture and you're there.
From your coloured paper cut out one face shape, one rectangle as wide and long as the face, one semi-circle (hat), one long rectangle (belt), two boot shapes, two glove shapes, two small dark pink circles (cheeks), one small yellow square (belt buckle), two small black rectangles and two small yellow rectangles.
The age of your child will dictate whether you cut all the shapes out and they do the gluing, or they do it all. My son is three and a half. He love scissors *shudder* but he's not capable of cutting out shapes like the ones above.
Start constructing the parts of your Santa. Stick the rosy cheeks onto the face and pencil in the eyes, nose and mouth.
Glue the yellow square to the middle of the long black rectangle and then glue the two small black rectangles on top. Fold the small yellow rectangles in half and glue to the top of each boot.
Wrap the belt around the middle of the pom pom and glue the ends together.
Put one of the boots on the blue tac and punch a hole in the top of the boot with a sharp pencil. Repeat with the other boot.
Run a piece of wool though the hole, tying it off with a knot.
Using the knitter's needle, pass the piece of wool up through the pom pom. When you're happy with the length of the leg, tie a knot in the top and trim the strand of wool. Repeat with the other boot.
Glue the hat to the head and add a beard and the fur on the edge of Santa's hat.
Glue the rectangle of card into the top of the pom pom. You might have to squeeze for a little bit to make sure it's properly stuck. This will be what you stick your head onto so, to avoid freaked out kids, make sure it's well stuck.
Stick Santa's head on.
Attach the hands and arms in the same way you did the legs except use only one strand of wool. Attach the hand to one end, pass the wool through the pom pom and attach the remaining hand to the other end and tie off. Add cotton wool to the tops of the gloves.
And there you go. Trace over the eyes you pencilled in earlier with a black pen.
This little guy takes about an hour to put together, if you've got the pom pom already made.