Attention parents! Read out the below passages to your child to engage them in this fun and thought-provoking activity!
Imagine this scene: a wizard visits your family home and gives everyone in your family magic wands that have the ability to change things!
If you could change one thing in the entire world, what would it be?
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You and your child will be actively creating a magic wand during this activity, which encourages creativity. Discussing ways for you and your child can achieve their goals also helps children think about their skills with a growth mindset, where they appreciate that learning new skills is hard and takes time!
Let’s make Magic Wands!
- Stick or lollipop stick
- Yellow Card
- Coloured Paper
Step 1: Cut and Decorate!
Firstly, draw an outline of two stars on the piece of yellow card. Each star should be roughly the size of the bottom of a cereal bowl. Once drawn, cut the star shapes out carefully, and give it to your child to decorate however they like. They could use glitter, or draw their own designs on the stars.
Step 2: Decorate Your Stick!
Find a stick you can use (a clean one from the garden perhaps, or a lollipop stick) and start to decorate it in any way you’d like! You can wrap coloured paper around it, or if you’re using a lollipop stick you could draw on it!
Step 3: All Together Now!
Now it’s time to glue your star pieces to your stick! At the top of the stick, attach one star at the front and one at the back. Glue both pieces to the stick and glue the edges of each star together.
Once everything is decorated and glued together, you and your child will have made a Magic Wand!
As you and your child swish your wands around, think about the question at the very start of this post:
‘If you could change one thing in the entire world, what would it be?’
Discuss things you and your child could do to make these changes happen. For example, if the change was to stop climate change, then you and your child could start doing small things to make this happen, like switching off plugs and lights when they’re not being used, or walking or cycling somewhere instead of driving.
Let us know what you decide to change. We’d love to see what you’re up to and how your wands turned out! Remember to tag us @citywiseUK on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!