The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Technology and Design". This is about being able to design or make something to solve a problem. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on T&D.
In this post I am doing a fairly easy but none the less fun craft - Christmas Stars made from ice-block sticks. They are suitable for toddlers as well as older children to make. I have just used what we had in the house without purchasing anything extra.
What you will need is:
- Ice-block or lollipop sticks - Craft shops usually have these in bulk and cheap. You need 6 for each star
- Craft glue
- Ribbon or similar for hanging
- Decorations - glitter paint, sequins, jewels, etc.
Begin by gluing 2 triangles together and then let them dry (this is a good time to explore and talk about triangle shapes!)
Then glue one triangle on top of the other, each triangle the opposite way around to the other.
Then decorate as simply or as wildly as you (and the kids) like.
Some other ideas for these Christmas Stars are:
- Use them as name place settings for the Christmas table - Don't put a hanger on, write the persons name on the straight bit, and decorate around.
- Could also use as above on gifts.
- Attach another ice-block stick to the bottom (no hanger) so you can stand it in a pot.
- Attach lots along a string to make a special Christmas bunting.
***Visit Science@home to find out more about the Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival. Please take the time to visit the other participants and find more Christmas themed posts on Technology and Design.
- Deb from Science@home has solved her wrapping paper problem for the environment, budget and family tradition.
- Marita from Stuff With Thing prepares for Christmas a little differently in her house, come see what they do. A little Christmas present for interested readers is included in this Teach/Learn post.
- Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now recommends you and your child learn how to use digital scrapbooking to create cards and gifts that will be cherished forever.
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey shows these Christmas Star Decorations are a fun and easy craft for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
- CatWay at Adventures With Kids works together with her 5 year old son to choose, design and make a Christmas present for his grandmother.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources describes three types of high technology that are a beneficial tool in learning with children under the age of eight.