I can’t believe Christmas is a week away! In Australia, December is also the end of the school year and I have made it a tradition in our family that the boys gift something handmade to their teachers and daycare carers. Christmas is the time of year when we take stock of what we’re appreciative of and when we strive to be kinder, more open hearted and thoroughly embrace the spirit of giving. It is a time when I encourage the boys to be especially appreciative and grateful for their teachers and carers as they are a big influence in the boys’ everyday development and learning.
We attempted to make these DIY key rings as teacher gifts mainly because they looked easy enough for both boys to tackle…and I figured one can never have too many key rings!
Don’t be alarmed by the materials required for this craft, they are easy to source. The split key rings are available in good craft stores otherwise I bought them from ebay (a pack of 50 cost me A$2.16). The wooden alphabets are purely decorative and you could use a large bead instead.
The making of this craft turned out to be very educational for the boys! Both boys practiced letter recognition and phonic sounds with the wooden alphabets. The threading of the key ring is a brilliant fine motor exercise that is great for strengthening hand muscles required for hand writing. The boys also had fun decorating the wooden alphabets. Your little ones can be as creative as they like while decorating to make the key rings unique for their teachers.
I hope the boys’ teachers like their gifts and it is something they treasure in memory of these little boys they’ve helped raise.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE DIY KEY RINGS:
- Split key rings
- Wooden alphabets (optional)
- Coloured pom poms
- Coloured beads
- Yarn/crafters twine
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DIY KEY RINGS:
- Drill a small hole on top end of wooden alphabets and use marker pens to decorate.
- Cut a 20cm piece of yarn/crafters twine and thread wooden alphabet. Ensure wooden alphabet is in the middle of the piece of yarn.
- Thread both ends of yarn onto a tapestry needle and thread through beads and pom poms in desired pattern.
- Remove yarn from needle and tie onto a split key ring.
* This post and all associated images have been supplied by the lovely Rossa from Curious Little People. Follow her on Instagram for more creative inspirations!