Over the last couple of days we’ve been making pom-poms, and added Shaun the Sheep-style faces to them. Pretty cute, don’t you think?
Making the pom-poms were a joint effort, while the black felt faces were cut out and fastened (with thread) by me. Penguin then made the eyes, and stuck them on using glue. The whites are made from card, using a hole-puncher, and the pupils are added with black pen. TOP TIP: A waterproof pen is preferable, as the glue might otherwise make the black ink bleed.
In case you’re new to making pom-poms, here’s a quick ‘how-to’:
- Cut out two circles (of the same size), out of cardboard.
- Cut out the center of each circle, so that you end up with two cardboard rings. (You could also cut a slit in each ring, for the yarn to pass through, but it’s not a necessity. We tried doing that this time, as you can see in the pictures, and while it made the process quicker it also made it quite easy for the yarn to slip out of the ring, which was annoying. I guess you’ll just have to try and see which method you prefer.)
- Put the two cardboard rings on top of each other, and wrap yarn around them until they’re so full it becomes difficult to add more. If your piece of yarn runs out somewhere along the way, don’t worry, just grab a new piece and keep going.
- When you’ve filled your rings with yarn, get a pair of scissors, stick them between the two layers of cardboard, and cut the yarn all the way around the outside rim of the circles.
- Then take a piece of string, put it betweem the cardboard layers, and tie the yarn together tightly.
- Remove the cardboard rings and fluff up your pom-pom!
Penguin is an avid Shaun the Sheep fan, and to base activities around already existing interests is a great motivator. For kids like Penguin, motivation is key. If he’s asked to do something that he lacks motivation for, he’ll often quickly get annoyed, anxious, frustrated, angry or distracted. But when highly motivated, he often surprises us with abilities we didn’t even know were there!
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