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Colourful Light String

Decorate your windows by taking advantage of the natural daylight to brighten up the colourful bulbs in this light string. This is a perfect project to do with your kids. The cutting and colouring will help them develop their fine motor skills.

Instructions:

1. Cut a light bulb shape out of a piece of rigid cardboard.

2. Use the light bulb shape as a template to trace a whole series of bulbs on a sheet of black construction paper folded in half. Place the template so that the base of the bulb is located along the fold line.

3. Let the kids cut out the construction paper bulbs. Since the paper is folded in half, each bulb will be doubled up and attached at the base.

4. Using a precision knife, cut out the inside of the bulb.

5. Using a permanent black marker, draw the bulb shape on an acetate sheet. The shape should be larger than the inside cutout portion but slightly smaller than the template. Draw as many acetate bulbs as there are construction paper bulbs.

6. Have the kids colour in the acetate bulbs with different colour alcohol-based markers.

7. Let the kids cut out the acetate bulbs along the black marker outlines.

8. Pass the string along the inside of the fold line of the doubled-up construction paper bulb. Apply a bit of white glue to the inside of the construction paper bulb before sandwiching the coloured acetate cutout between the two construction paper halves.

9. Repeat step 8, hanging each of the bulbs over the string and gluing them in place. Make sure the bulbs on the string are evenly spaced. Hang the string in a window.

You will need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Clear acetate sheets
  • String
  • Alcohol-based markers
  • Permanent black marker
  • Scraps of rigid cardboard
  • White glue
  • Round-edge scissors for kids
  • Precision knife
  • White pencil

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