CREATIVE FAMILY FUN
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