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First Christmas Craft: Paper Chains

Paper Chain

We marked the beginning of the Christmas season by putting up our Christmas tree and making a paper chain. I originally intended the chain to be long enough to go around our tree, but the kids lost interest. We embellished it a little with our heart-shaped hole punch. We only own this one hole punch, but if you own more I’m sure you could ,ake all sorts of fun designs. We’ll probably add on to our chain as the days go by.

There are plenty of educational concepts you can build into making paper chains: counting, pattern recognition and sequencing, fine motor skills, colors, textures, measuring how many links tall people or objects are…

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

15 thoughts on “First Christmas Craft: Paper Chains”

  1. I love Christmas Crafts! We did a Thanksgiving Chain like this. Well, I did it and my son helped me for 10 minutes ;)

    I just posted our “creative” advent calendar we are doing on my blog! Total shout out to you because I LOVE cheapo craft things to do with the kids!

  2. Elisa @ blissfulE

    Pretty! I like the colors and heart embellishments. Funny, because our only shaped hole punch is a heart, too. :)
    .-= Elisa @ blissfulE´s last blog ..holding Vi on our laps =-.

  3. A paper chain was our day after thanksgiving tradition when I was a kid. Each link was for a day in December and every morning we would tear off a piece until there was just one left on Christmas morning. Ah, that brings back memories!
    .-= Amber Liddle´s last blog ..Thanksgiving! =-.

  4. I am definitely going to make one too – I like the idea of Tired, Need Sleep about fastening the loops with stickers. I think that might hold Anna’s attention a little longer, but I am impressed with how long and how pretty your chain got.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..November Ends =-.

  5. very cute garland. I think we might try making one too.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Field Trip- Espada Dam =-.

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