How many hours of your life have you spent making garlands? It was my grandmother’s favorite way to decorate for any occasion. Not only did they make the room look lively, it was also a good way to keep us busy. Making garlands is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills. These felt garlands actually work on buttoning and are reusable, making them perfect both for home and preschool settings.
Making garlands goes way back to ancient times. Ancient Egyptians made garlands to drape over mummies. Ancient Greeks used garlands to decorate their buildings and temples.Today they are often used as decorations for many celebrations.
- Fine Motor
- Self Help
- Pattern Recognition
Needle and thread
Cut the felt into strips
Sew button on one end. You can start with large buttons and reduce the size as the child learns to button.
Cut a slit in the other side.
You can have the children make a pattern when they are linking the pieces together. Make the garlands in different colors and sizes.
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