How do I keep the children entertained during the summer holidays?
I often plan in short little activities like this one. It doesn't take long to set up, it keeps them busy between half an hour and an hour, and it's easy enough for the 3 year old to have a good go at too.
All you need is to provide them with a small selection of different coloured papers and tissue papers, a few straws, a couple of 'vases' (old mini cereal boxes, or jam jars for example), some glue, spreaders and appropriate scissors for the age.
They'll also need three different sized bowls/cups to draw around to get the circles, which, in basic form, they just stick on top of each other, largest first.
I don't think there's much need for lots of instructions, as these are fairly self explanatory. Younger children may need help to add petals. To do that, simply fold your largest circle of paper in quarters and open out again. Use the folds to ensure you draw even petal shapes around the edge for them to cut out.
The pink rose is made by sticking the centre of many circles of tissue paper on top of each other on a circle of studier paper or card, then tease up the edges and let the glue hold the rose petals in place.
Simply stick the straws to the base of the vase by using the old sticky tac trick; a lump of sticky tac on the bottom of the vase to stick the straw in, or, if you are short of sticky tac, simply sellotape the straws to the edge of the vase on the inside. Then fill the vase with scrunched up tissue paper. They like scrunching up!
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