Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

As the weather starts to turn cold, most parents find themselves looking for indoor activities to fight cabin fever and keep small hands occupied. Making cheerful garlands to brighten up the house during the winter is a great way for children to develop fine motor skills they will need to learn to write when they begin school.


  • yarn or string
  • “O” shaped cereal or candy, tube shaped pasta, or drinking straws cut into small pieces
  • scissors
  • masking tape

To Make:

Tie a large knot in the end of a piece of yarn to keep the cereal or pasta “beads” from falling off. Wind a length of masking tape around the other end of the yarn to form a stiff “needle.” Children can thread cereal, pasta or drinking straw pieces onto the yarn to make garlands to hang up around the house.

Other Ideas:

Cereal garlands can be eaten by children, or hung up outside on a tree for the birds and squirrels to eat. Try using colored cereal and pasta to make patterned garlands to promote early math skills. Make paper chains by linking pieces of paper together or show your child how to accordion fold paper and make paper doll chains.



This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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