Make a Magic Door. Imagination and Creativity

Jul 12, 2012

craft, activity for kids, early literacy activity

Week 4 of the MeMeTales Readathon focuses on one of my favourite areas, Imagination.

There are a number of free books for you to read this week on the topic, and one of them, “Doors in the Air,”  inspired this fun activity. Give this activity more meaning by adding in some Early Literacy Skills. Perfect for all ages to listen to.

(read here for free!)

If your child enjoys lift-the-flap books, this is sure to be a winner.  :)

 Materials: Piece of thick paper, craft/paddle-pop sticks, glue & anything you'd like to decorate the sticks. 
(We used paint, sequins and glitter and a mini pom pom door handle)

 Measure your door to fit your craft sticks and cut around 3 sides as shown
(Ours is 8 craft sticks wide)

Encourage your child's creativity and let them decorate their "door panels" as they wish

Squeezing, hand eye coordination, pincer grip practice and more. Oh, and just a tiny bit of glittering!

Once decorated, let your "door panels" dry

Glue onto your thick paper flap and finish with a little door handle

Now, on to the imagination....

What's behind the door?

A cat?

Somewhere special?

The possibilities are endless....

Handy Tips:

- Simplify this activity by assisting your child with the processes needed to decorate the sticks and glue them onto the paper

- Extend this activity by encouraging your child to attempt as many of the processes individually that they are capable of. Have your child write (or dictate) a story using the prompt, "What's behind the door?"

- Pride- Making things that look visually pleasing as the end result help your child feel proud about what they have created.

- Talk with your child about what they are doing. This will help them understand the physical and mental processes they are going through as well as giving them the vocabulary to describe it.

- Use new language and descriptive words like, "imagination" This will help with their language development. Discover your own child's understanding.

- Read the book/s together on the topic of opening doors and imagination to give this activity more meaning and your child, more understanding, learning and depth.

- Demonstrate and discuss particular skills, such as gluing, sticking sequins etc. if your child is new to these techniques

- If you don't want your table covered with the entire contents of the glitter jar, stay with your child ;)

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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  1. What a beautiful door! I love that is can lead to such wonderfully varied places!

  2. This is a fantastic idea. I know my daughter will too. Will definitely share this idea with my readers.

    This activity would also work beautifully alongside Who's that Knocking by Alison Lester.

  3. Fantastic idea! I was thinking about buying a ready made fairy door but this might be the way to go.

  4. This is an adorable idea for a magical door. A must do on our summer list. I love the idea for a fairy door too. Would go right along with our post about building imagination outdoors! Would make a great writing prompt too.

  5. I LOVE it! We are definitely gonna have to do it too!

  6. What a wonderful simple idea. I never thought about doing this and my daughter would love it! Thank you so much for the inspiration glad I found you on the link up.

  7. This is so great Debs, super magical! And we love magical doors here - nice to have some for kids to make :-) Pinning x

  8. That is so gorgeous.... go glitter!!! I can see this being a hit in our house.

  9. What a wonderful idea, my son would love this

  10. Love love love love this - can I feature it as part of the Kids Co op round up on Fri? Hope that's OK.

  11. This is absolutely adorable. So creative! I'm totally in love and this is on my must do list! I'm pinning and I've shared. It's fantastic. Thanks for posting!

  12. This is awesome! You have SO many great ideas! I would LOVE to invite you to join us at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know everyone will love your great kid-friendly ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  13. Thanks for linking up, I hope you'll be back this week.

  14. What a beautiful door! That is so gorgeous!

  15. The door is so fun with the sparkles. I am sure kids would love to make that. Please link this post to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  16. What a brilliant idea! I'll keep this one in mind for when my little girl is old enough. Ta

  17. I am doing this for my babies at work.. They are going to love seeing what comes through the door. Keep the crafts coming..

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