We have done paper chains before doing our Winter Wonderland theme and for Rea, they were a big hit.
That girl LOVED using the stapler.
It is amazing how much joy a little stapler can bring a toddler.
We are making two paper chains again today and the focus will be on creating one long chain and one short chain.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, full, empty, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never, sometimes

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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*Construction Paper

*Stapler

*Scissors

Step #1

Cut your construction paper into 2 inch strips.

Step #2
Use one strip of paper to create a circle and staple it closed.
Step #3
Loop the second strip through the first one and staple it closed in a circle.

Continue this process to create your paper chains.

Step #4
Be sure to create 2 paper chains one long and one short.
Step #5

When you are done making the chains, lay them on the floor or hang them so you can compare their lengths and talk about when one is long and which one is short.

Teacher Tip

If you want to add some cutting practice into the mix, invite your Lil’ to cut some of the strips for the paper chain. You can draw lines on the paper about 2 inches apart for them to follow when they are cutting.

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