Make Paper Dolls
If you have a son who shuns traditional ideas of crafts for kids, you can get him engaged with making a lanyard. Lanyards are simply woven pieces of plastic that create great pulls on backpacks, bracelets and key chains. He can make one in his favorite colors and put it on his backpack for school or choose to make a key chain for his house key that he carries in his pack.To make the lanyard, you’ll cut two long pieces of plastic twine. This you’ll likely have to buy along with the clips for the key chain part at the store. Once you have the twine, pull the strands through a clip and knot them. You should now have four strands hanging down from the key chain of equal length.To make the lanyard, you’ll fold the pieces over each other to make an overlapping square. Pull the square tight by tugging on all four pieces at once. Then create the next square and pull. Keep creating squares until you run out of plastic ties.You can end the lanyard with a knot or with a few beads on the end and a knot to dress it up a bit. There are more complicated lanyard patterns you can learn once you’ve mastered the basics, but even if your children just enjoy the basic patterns, it’s a great way to keep hands busy and out of trouble!
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Rebecca Garland is a freelance writer working hard to populate the internet with meaningful, interesting content. She enjoys crafts for kids such as lanyards and paper dolls with her own children as well as the children she’s taught over the years. You can learn more about Rebecca on her website.