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Christmas Chain

Deck the halls with a cheerful Christmas chain inspired by your child’s favorite engines.

Reg once showed Percy how to turn old waste into something beautiful by using scraps to create Christmas decorations. Use materials from your own recycling bin at home to make a cheerful Christmas decoration for your room.

Time: 20 minutes + drying time for paint


  • Cardboard tubes from paper towels or bathroom tissue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape


1. Cut the tube open lengthwise.

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2. Measure one-inch strips along the width of the tube and cut along the lines.

3. Paint the exterior of each strip in one of the colors of your favorite engines. For example: red for James, green for Percy, and blue for Thomas and Gordon.

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4. Once the paint dries, tape the pieces together to form a chain, looping one strip through another and taping each loop closed. Hang it up in your child’s room as a decoration.

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Take It Further:

Percy and Reg both love Christmas, but they love different things about it. Percy loves Christmas carols and bright, colorful decorations. Reg enjoys giving friends gifts made from recycled materials. Ask your child what he or she loves most about Christmas. Share what your favorite things are too. Your child may discover that you each love different things and that’s okay.

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