When you’re wanting a quick activity for your children, who are complaining of being bored, then I have the perfect idea for you. Check out below how to make fun paper springs with your children. They look gorgeous and are wonderful for developing fine motor skills.
It’s school holidays here in Australia at the moment and Possum (aged 5 years) has been keeping busy crafting with my secret coloured paper stash. For a bit of fun I taught her how to make these bouncy paper springs and she has been making them consistently ever since! *haha*
Recommended age: 5 years +
(Strict and active supervision is required on all my activities shared).
You might remember making them when you were at school. They are lots of fun and teachers will often have their students make these as they are great for developing fine motor skills.
How to make fun paper springs
To make these paper springs you will need –
- 2 x strips of paper (roughly 2cm x 20cm)
- Begin by overlapping the ends of the coloured paper at a right angle (as shown above). Tape into position.
- Snuggly fold the bottom strip of paper over the top one.
- Next, snuggly fold the now lower strip of paper over the paper which is now on top.
- Continue this pattern of always folding the lower strip of paper over the top strip
- Use a small piece of tape to secure both ends together
- Have fun with your paper spring
Here is another great visual that shows you how to make paper springs.
These were lots of fun to make and a really great holiday activity for kids to do when they are bored and looking for something to do. Possum made so many and she certainly got better and better as it with the practice.
Hopefully now you know how to make paper springs and you can teach your own child how to make them. Once they learn they will take off and make many great crafts and decorations with them. They really are something that suits older children, but younger children can still have a go and succeed with guidance. Making these paper springs is also really great for fine motor development.
Would your child enjoy learning how to make fun paper springs?
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