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Making Paper Chains

One child working alone can’t make a very long chain, but if another child gets involved, that chain will grow … and grow!

Making Paper Chains


Assortment of colored construction paper
Glue or tape


Help the children cut or tear the construction paper into strips. (Here’s a helpful hint: All paper can be torn easily in one direction, but not in the opposite direction because of the paper grain.)

Take one paper strip, and tape or glue the ends together to make a loop. Then show the children how to thread a second strip through the first and tape it to make a second loop.

They can keep adding loops to make the chain as long as they want. Can they make a chain long enough to go across the whole room?

When the chain is finished, hang it up with masking tape, and you’ve got a homemade decoration for a birthday or holiday – or to make an ordinary day all the more festive.

Take it Further

Create patterns: You can encourage the children to create simple patterns using different colored construction paper, like red, blue, red, blue. Working with patterns can help children with early math skills.

Talk About It

We can help children become more aware of the needs of others by praising them when they share a toy or a snack or work together in an activity like this one.

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