I’m not sure what this is called but it’s something the children I’ve taught over the years have all done at the end of term, during wet play and at Christmas. I think it’s one of those rite of passage things like fairy stories or playground games. No one can remember who taught you how to sing or play them but yet you know them. I can remember making these folded paper chains especially at Christmas. I remember that my strips were never quite straight and it gave a raggedy effect but I didn’t mind and hung them up anyway!
Here’s how to make your own…
Cut old magazine pages into 1cm (or thereabouts) strips.
Take 2 strips and place them end to end like the picture. Stick them together using double sided sticky tape or a dab of glue.
Fold the top strip down and press the crease.
Fold the other strip across to the left. Press the crease.
Fold the bottom strip up and press the crease.
Keep repeating the steps until you have finished your strip it should look a little like this;
To make your chain longer stick new strips to the ends of the old strips and keep going until you have the right length. I’ve hung mine in my workroom and it gives it a real vintage feel that cost nothing! You could try experimenting with different colours to see the effects. This is also a great activity to use directional language ‘up, down, left right etc. and once again another way to get those fingers moving to develop those fine motor skills. These are important as children need to build their hand strength to hold a pencil and then carry on building the muscles to be able to write at length.