This is a fun creative activity for older children to participate in that can also assist in the development of fine motor skills.
You will need:
- Coloured card
- Coloured Wool or string
- Large beads
Cut the coloured card in large circles with a smaller circle in the middle to form a large ring. With a hole punch make a series of holes around the middle of the ring (the more holes the more complex the dream catcher will be).
Give the children a choice of coloured rings and lengths of coloured wool or string. Thread the wool through the first hole and tie in a knot to secure, then thread the wool through the other holes randomly to form a coloured web in the hole of the ring, then tie the end to secure. Children should choose the number of colours they use and also how much they thread and in what order to make their dream catcher their own creation.
Once they have completed the threading allow the children to tie feathers onto lenghts of wool (they may need help as this is fiddly) also thread beads onto wool then tie onto the bottom of the dream catcher through the holes already created. Another piece of wool can be tied to the top of the dream catcher to allow you to hang it up.
This activity develops children’s fine motor skills and allows them to make their own choices to create their own colourful patterns.
Areas of learning covered:
- Creative development
- Physical development
- Mathematical development
- Personal and Social development