Children’s University – December 2020 activities

Did you know that the Children’s University issue activities every month that you can complete at home and still earn CU credits for? Read below to find out more.

We had some fabulous friendship bracelets made back in November that were added to the blog. Will you be added to the blog for the December activities?

You will need: Cardboard tubes, Paint or colouring pens, Coloured Paper (or plain to colour in) Pom-pom’s or other craft items (optional) Stapler, glue, or sticky tape, Colouring pens, Scissors  

Challenge: Cardboard Christmas Elves!

With Christmas on the way, it’s a perfect time to get creative! You don’t need lots of equipment or resources to make these fun little elves, so why not have a go at recycling some toilet roll or kitchen roll middles, and make your very own set? Why not make each one a little different by changing the colours, the shape of their hats, or even give them a beard made from cotton wool? You could even make a Father Christmas to go with them! This challenge is all about being creative, so we’ve given you a few ideas, but we can’t wait to see your finished elves!

Step 1: Cut into the top of the tube at a slant and then fold the cardboard to create a triangle shape in the middle. Repeat on the other side of the tube.

Step 2: Next, paint or colour the bottom half of the cardboard tube. When it’s dry, add some details (belt and buckle, buttons, collars, etc.) either drawn on, or you could stick some craft items on if you have any.=

Step 3: Don’t forget a cheeky, smiley face (or will your elf be grumpy?!)

Step 4: You should have two pointy elf ears by folding the cardboard tube into itself, ready to hold a hat. Using a piece of coloured paper, draw and cut out a large circle and cut the circle in half. Fold half of the circle round to create a cone shape and before sticking or stapling together, make sure it fits snuggly onto the cardboard tube, with the ears sticking out and the two triangles in the middle section are covered. You could stick a little pom- pom (if you have some) or another little circle of card to the top of the hat! Why not add a beard using cotton wool?

Click on the link below to see all of the December activities.