Mar 3, 2014

Paper Chains

Gum wrapper paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works for many ages. This has been one of the most popular activities that I've ever tried with students from grade two to five.
1. Cut LOTS of strips of paper that are 1" x 10" in length. To make each link, the students must fold each strip in half, wrong sides together, and make a crease. The strip is opened, and each side in folded in half again. Lastly, both sides fold together, much like a book is folded. Press all edges to crease and make flat. The final should look like “bunny ears”, or two loops. Repeat for all links.
2. Follow the diagram to link chain together. Short chains make nice bookmarks, and long chains are fun to decorate with.

4 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

I did this as a teen. I still have a 12 foot chain.
Thanks for the retro idea!

Barbara said...

Love this idea! Thank you. I'm going to have my class make bookmarks for Literacy Week.

Anonymous said...

How do you end it and it stay together?

Kathy Barbro said...

You can just staple the final link together. It will keep all the others from coming out.