At Coombe Mill we have recently started an activity hour at 4pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here at Coombe Mill. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.
Coombe Mill ‘How to’ Series
Quite a few people have asked me how to do certain activities that they’ve seen on my Country Kids posts in which I’ve posted about the activity hour, so I have decided to start a ‘How to’ post series to accompany the crafts that we have covered so far.
Find a wand in the wild, the woods is often a great place!
Cut lengths of ribbon (I use floristry ribbon) and tear it length-ways to get thin strips.
Secure your ribbon at one end either by tying a knot or using sticky tape. Then wrap it around your stick till you get to the bottom then secure it again.
Wrap your second piece of ribbon around the stick the opposite direction to get different patterns.
Tuck some decorations like flowers leaves and feathers under the ribbon (it might be best to use some sticky tape to make sure they don’t fall out).
A few fun additions you could try:-
You could add ribbons that hang down like streamers
You could paint the sticks to make them more colourful
Try going all eco and green by winding reed instead of ribbon round your wand.
You could cut out cardboard stars to place at the end of your wand to make it a fairy wand like this:-
What you’ll need:-
Star shape stencil (you can use our template or draw your own)
Get your star shape ready, if you want to use ours click this picture to enlarge it, save it to your computer, open it in word and then print, it should be about the right size then cut around the star so that you’ve got your template.
Lay it onto your cardboard (to make it more eco you could cut it out of an old cereal box) and trace around it.
Cut the cardboard around your outline to have the basis of your star.
Place your cardboard star over some tin foil and make sure that you have enough tin foil to cover the star.
Wrap the tinfoil around the star, we cut into it to save ripping it up too much.
Put the stick on top of your covered star and use duct tape to attach
Wrap a small piece of tin foil around the back of the star to cover up the duct tape. You could secure it with clear sticky tape afterwards.
Searching for items and making the wands was a good hour of fun here on the farm. It would also be prefect for a birthday party activity or a play date idea.
This is the first post in my ‘How to Make’ series, but watch out for more to follow. They will all be in my Farm Crafts category.
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