I will also post a few tips for anyone hoping to do jewellery making with children. As well as how to roll your own paper bead.
HERE YOU ARE YEAR FOUR . . . WELL DONE, I’M REALLY PROUD!
Laminated collage medallion
Children cut out chosen parts of a leaflet and stuck them to a cardboard circle. They decorated it with fine pen and then laminated it (with adult supervision). It was strung onto cord as a necklace.
Paper plane pendent
Children made a paper plane out of scrap paper to practice, then made a mini one out of a small leaflet rectangle. They glued down the flaps, varnished it and punched the holes. It was then strung onto cord as a pendent.
Paper Freedom Beads
We made ‘Freedom Beads’ from paper. We wrote a short message or word like ‘LOVE ‘ or ‘FREEDOM’ inside the paper strips, then we rolled the strip into a bead and painted them with nail varnish to waterproof them.
- I prepared the strips of paper for the beads before the sessions, and bought glass filler beads and waxed cord for stringing, which I pre cut to bracelet/necklace size.
- I also drew out (cereal box) card board circles which children could cut out and use as the base for their collage medallion.
- If you have boys and girls together in the class you will need to plan a choice of activities to accommodate for the less dexterous, and the macho lad! (I had a few football leaflets that came in handy!)
- Having a few arty adults to take each activity is essential.
- Create an Interactive White board presentation that gives children the history of Slave beads.