I used to love making paper doll chains when I was little. Here's an adaptation of the craft that children will still love: a friendly chain of snowmen to decorate their room at Christmas time.
Time: 10 minutes
Age: Under 5s (just the colouring), 5-10's, Over 10's
Sheet of rectangular paper
Coloured pencils or pens
Fold your paper in half, then in half again. You could keep on going to make more repeats of the design, but the thicker it is the trickier the design is to cut out.
Unfold the paper, and then refold along the lines you've just made, alternating the direction of the folds to make a concertina accordion fold.
Draw your design lightly in pencil onto the paper. It doesn't matter if you make a few mistakes, because you'll cut round the edges anyway.
Carefully cut out the design - make sure you only cut the sections that you plan to cut. It's easy to go to far, and then your whole chain will fall apart. There needs to be a bit of paper at each edge that will hold the chain together. So, in this design, the snowman isn't fully round. He has flat edges where he joins on his body and his hat.
Unfold the paper so you now have 4 plain snowmen, or 8, if you folded one extra time in the earlier step.
Using pencil give each snowman eyes, mouth, buttons and a scarf.
Colour in each snowman in bright colours.
Use glue and glitter to make the snowmen even more sparkly.
Pop the snowman chain up on a wall - you can join multiple chains together for a longer decoration.