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Making a Why I Love You Paper Chain


Some of the skills they will likely develop are:

  • increased hand eye coordination

  • improved cutting ability to follow a line

  • increased hand strength and dexterity

  • awareness of different folding techniques

  • increased knowledge of colour blending (primary colours to secondary)

  • creativity and the joy associated with creativity

  • perseverance

  • refining & trialing and error processes

  • learning specific techniques linked to cutting and pasting

  • development of writing skills linked to adjectives

Some Language Linked to Materials and Technique

  • collage: paste, stick, piece, cut, trim

  • pencil drawing: trace, rule a line, rub, erase, straight, parallel

  • cutting: follow, complete, repeat, open, close, exactly, near

This paper chain can take two forms. It can be made as a whole family activity or individuals can each create their own paper chains about a specific family member focusing only on the positive aspects of the person.

1. Locate a list of adjectives (This could be done using the internet.)

2. Measure, then draw a series of straight parallel lines on a piece of paper. Or alternatively use Word and type three --- in a row and a line will appear. Repeat until you have a number of parallel lines drawn across the page.

3. Repeat the process using a different colour


4. Cut along the lines to create coloured paper strips. These can be written upon to create positive messages about others in their family using the adjectives they previously found.

5. They can then be joined together in a chain format


6. If space is an issue an alternative could be making a 3D collage out of paper strips and gluing them onto a piece of paper or card backing. This can allow for paper folding skills like consatena folding or silhouette cutting to create complex collage pieces.

Handmade paper chain guirlande isolated

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