This is a variation on the paper people we used to make when we were small. It takes very little in terms of materials, and is a nice little occupier for those moments when you need a half hour to get dinner on.
You will need:
A sheet of A4 paper.
Some small scraps of fabric or coloured paper.
A piece of ribbon or string.
Take a sheet of A4 paper and cut it in half lengthwise, then fold it back on itself four times, like this.
Younger children will need help with the cutting out. On the top fold, you can either draw a woman-shape and cut around it, or just do it free hand. We did a woman shape so that afterwards we could cut legs for men-shapes on every second one.
As you can see here.
You can also get creative with their shapes!
Then you can draw funny faces on the heads.
Next, cut the scraps into small squares.
Make sure you put down some newspaper to protect the table, and an apron or old clothes are worn. PVA does not wash out!
These are then glued on as clothes on the little figures.
When the glue is dry you can make a small hole at each end and thread the ribbon through, and you are ready to hang it up.
They look very sweet, and I find get lots of lovely comments!
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