Simple Pleasures: Making Paper Chains

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Paper ChainsOne day on a whim, I bought a pack of metallic paper strips from our local craft store. It sat untouched in our craft closet for a couple of weeks.  On a recent rainy day, I pulled them out, left them on the table and voila!—they turned out to be the source of a fun-filled afternoon…Fine Motor SkillsThe process of making the paper chains was great for strengthening the girls’ fine-motor skills and their hand-eye coordination.

When they were finished the girls…

Measuringmeasured themselves… Counting Ringscounted the rings…

Measuring Ringsmeasured the whole chain…

Room Decorations…and enjoyed decorating their room!


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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