Elise woke up yesterday and instead of “good morning,” “I love you, Mommy,” or even “May I have my milk, please?,” Elise said: “I want to craft.” Pause… “Please.”
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Elise is having a great time crafting. It’s really all we’re doing because I’m sick with the flu and haven’t been up to going to the gym, the grocery or any play dates.
Do you know what you can do when it’s not quite dinner time and your toddler is itching for something to keep their hands busy?
This quick and easy craft for kids usually gets the smiles back quickly. We busted out this Valentine’s Day paper chain in no time at all.
I operated the paper cutter (Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer) and stapler. See partner link release here.
Elise helped to shape the hearts. She helped. She wasn’t successful, but she was having fun.
If you’ve never made a paper chain before, here are the ‘quick-and-dirty’ instructions:
- Cut paper into ~about~ one inch strips. We used red and white for Valentine’s day. I couldn’t have been bothered to add pink at the time, but feel free to go all ‘willy nilly’ with your color choices.
- Create heart shape and staple (or tape) the ends together.
- Create another heart shape after you have linked the paper through the first heart you made. We used alternating red and white hearts.
- Hang your paper chain and basque in the cuteness. Until dinner is done cooking.
Elise really liked twisting the paper strips, even though she couldn’t quite form them into a heart shape. She would try, then hand them over to me and ask for help.
Elise likes to bat the ends of the paper chain to watch the whole thing move. She just laughs and laughs.