Another week, another homeschooling day.
Homeschooling can be so frustrating when you neither want to teach and the kids don’t want to learn, some days just call for a quieter day.
To keep my children interested in learning during this homeschooling period, I like to mix it up a little. We like to get creative. The crafts box is our friend. Although, you don’t need much to make this little twirlywoo. Just a few bits and bobs, but after our English and maths class today it was nice to relax with a bit of arts and crafts.
You will need :
coloured paper, a skewer, scissors and glue stick – I also used a hot glue gun too.
To start, you will need to cut colourful strips of paper.
I used eight strips of paper, cut length ways / the long side, around 1.5-2cm in width.
Also, you will need to cut four circles of paper around 4cm in diameter.
Now that you have your paper strips and circles, it’s time to get sticking! Cover one of your circles with the glue and stick the ends of your paper strips onto the circle, in a round fashion like the picture below. A normal glue stick is suitable for this.
Glue another circle on to the other side, to hide the paper ends and repeat the process on the other end of the paper strips with the other two circles. It should look like this.
Once you have your lantern shape / sphere of colourful paper strips, you will need to make a small hole in the centre of both sets of circles – at both ends. I used a pin to make a hole then poked the skewer through until the point is just through the top.
I used a hot glue gun to secure just the top circle and underneath the top circle to stop the paper falling down the skewer. You could also use a rubber band for this.
And there you have it. Your very own twirlywoo!
Place it in between your finger tips and rub back and forth to make it spin. The paper strips will twirl as you spin it making all kinds of beautiful patterns.
nay nay x