CRE­ATIVE FAM­ILY FUN

Dubbo Photo News - - Business. - BY DONNA ERICK­SON

Turn Christ­mas cards into DIY toys

Boxes and bins filled with hol­i­day decor are taped shut, and lids are snapped on tight. In to the Hall­way cup­board or up to the at­tic they go. Only se­lect items re­main on dis­play, like the string of white in­door mini lights fram­ing my kitchen win­dows.

A hodge­podge of De­cem­ber’s Christ­mas cards spilling out of a tin also are day bright­en­ers. It’s so much fun to browse through them again, es­pe­cially with kids. Here are two ideas for en­joy­ing the greet­ings in new ways when re­cy­cled into DIY fun. If some are photo cards, your kids will be­come more fa­mil­iar with faces and places as they cre­ate.

PRESCHOOL SEWING CARDS

Make sim­ple lac­ing cards for preschool­ers by punch­ing holes around the sides of a large card. Or, punch holes around dom­i­nant de­signs such as a pine tree. Then take a shoelace with a plas­tic-coated end, and show your child how to poke it in and out of the holes. As they work, talk about the im­ages on the card, count them, iden­tify colours.

Note: If you don’t have a shoelace handy, wrap tape around one end of a long piece of yarn to form a tip and be­gin thread­ing.

SCHOOL-AGE HOUSE OF CARDS

Cre­ate a con­struc­tion toy for school-age kids and build struc­tures of all shapes and sizes.

For a ba­sic set of in­ter­lock­ing cards, cut 20 cards in equal sizes such as 10cm by 15cm.

Now you are ready to cut slits, ei­ther six or eight. For six slits, with a card upright in front of you, find the mid­point at the top. Make a dot to mark the spot, then use scis­sors to

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