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Do your bit to save the planet with this gorgeous recycled Christmas Tree craft activty!
Collect unwanted magazines: craft, women’s, airlines magazines etc. Also, ask your Avon lady to keep her outdated books for you; they are ideal if you want to make a small christmas tree for a table decoration. This is the perfect activity for inviting residents’ relatives to join in. Try it!
Place finished Christmas Trees on mantlepieces, shelves, tables, reception areas, nurses stations and residents rooms.
To engage in the spirit of Christmas. To encourage goodwill.
See video to learn how to separate magazines. Separate as many as you like in 28 to 34 pages.
Ask your staff and volunteers to make a few trees prior to activity session and leave them un-decorated to show and inspire residents. The idea is to have a few trees ready to be decorated by residents once you have finished the demonstration.
Sit with residents around a table and make sure they all have a good view. If any of your residents are able to fold the magazines for you, by all means let them do so. The other residents will be intrigued and curious watching you. Explain to them what you are doing and show them a couple of trees you and staff made previously, let them handle them to encourage commentaries.
Start the 1st folding: Lay magazine in front of you and gripping the right hand corner of one page and fold towards the middle of the magazine. (See video to learn this step).
Continue in this fashion until all pages are folded.
Stand magazine on a table gently so it won’t crush.
Start 2nd folding: Fold the bottom right hand corner up to meet the first fold. Continue until all pages are folded.
Start 3rd folding: Take right hand corner of page (where first 2 foldings meet) and fold down as far as it will go against the spine of the magazing (similar to first folding).
The tree is ready, pass it around and let residents handle it and start a conversation on tree decoration.
Give one tree to each resident able to participate in decoration.
Place as many decorations and glitter as possible near each one and suspend you own comments, let them express their individuality. Praise when finished. Ask if they would like to decorate one for their family.
OPTIONAL Tree Stand: Cut a square of construction/kindergarten paper 15 by 15 cm. Cut a square of felt (any colour), any colour the same size and glue together. Brush a generous amount of glue onto paper side & place tree on top. Wait to dry.
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