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Puzzle Wreaths

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Grade: 2 & up   •   Age: 6+   •  Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
Designed by: Jantje Blokhuis-Mulder
[Andrea and Jantje are the creators of KinderArt®]


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Objectives:

These fun and colorful wreaths will brighten up any home or classroom during the holidays. Depending on the size, these wreaths can be used to decorate trees, windows or doorways. We did this craft with Grade 4 students but it can easily be adapted for other grades. (Even adults will enjoy it!) Our wreaths were 8" in diameter and the class time required was 1 hour.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Old puzzle pieces
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

What You Do:

Prior to the Class:
  1. Cut rings out of the cardboard (one per child).

  2. Staple a small piece of ribbon onto one side of the ring. This will be used to hang the wreath.

  3. Cut small strips of ribbon (make each strip long enough to tie a bow).
During the Class:
  • Each student receives a pre-cut cardboard ring, a handful of puzzle pieces, glue, glitter and two pieces of ribbon.
Each student should…
  1. Glue puzzle pieces onto the cardboard rings, making sure to overlap the pieces (covering every square inch of the cardboard).

  2. Dab some glue here and there on top of the puzzle pieces.

  3. Sprinkle glitter over the glue dabs.

  4. Shake the excess glitter off of the wreaths. (Tip: shake wreaths over a tray to catch the glitter.)

  5. Tie a bow using two pieces of ribbon. (The bow is then glued onto the front of the wreath.)

Recommended Books:

Kids Celebrate
by Maria Bonfanti Esche, Clare Bonfanti Braham
Skipping the typical green shamrocks and orange paper pumpkins, here are 100 days to remember with 200 related activities for children and grownups.

Kids Holiday Fun
by Penny Warner, Kathy Rogers
This year-round guide provides fresh new ideas, month by month, for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together. Ideal for busy parents, the guide organizes every holiday clearly, with detailed "what-you-need" lists and time guidelines for each activity.

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