Kids are often afraid of the dark and sometimes have bad dreams. The Wikki Stix dreamcatcher craft for kids is a tangible way to help ease bedtime anxieties!
Dreamcatchers are an ancient Chippewa tradition. Legend says that since dreams never end, the dreamcatcher will hold all bad dreams and release only the good ones. When hung over a child’s bed at night, the dreamcatchers are a tangible way to help kids sleep peacefully through the night! DREAM ON sweet child!
DREAMCATCHER CRAFT for KIDS!
Invite the children to create by placing all supplies out on a table.
To make the outer ring for the dreamcatcher, have the children put two Wikki Stix strands together and form a large circle. Give the children one piece of mounting paper and have the children press the circle on top of the mounting paper. The inner circle is made from Wikki Stix wrapped around itself to form a large and small spiral.
Kids can create any shapes they wish to connect the inner and outer circles: straight lines, ovals, circles, etc. The idea is to make a “net” that will catch all bad dreams. In the photo below, our kids cut one Wikki Stix in half, folded the strand, and then pinched the top to form a point.
The children then used their shapes to connect the small inner circle to the outer ring. When all of the shapes are added to the center, have the children cut the circle away from the mounting paper (see photo below).
To make the dreamcatcher tails: Invite the children to use assorted colors of pony beads and thread them onto stands of Wikki Stix. Craft feathers will adhere to the Wikki Stix so no glue is necessary. When the tails are finished, simply adhere the Wikki Stix strands to the back side of the large circle.
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