When my sisters and I were girls and our mom lead Brownies, she taught the girls to braid with shoe string liquorice and once our kids found out this- they wanted to braid “unicorn tails” after reading Zoey and Sassafras: Unicorn and Germs. What was more amazing that stemmed from the book was my daughter’s understanding of the scientific method. She has been reading the books in the series and when her teacher mentioned that they were going to make a thermos, she came home and promptly started, experimenting with different materials and ideas and then learning what worked, what didn’t and re-trying. The concept of the series certainly has impacted her thinking and approach to solving problems! Book Info. Canadians can purchase the book here: Chapters/Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/unicorns-and-germs/9781943147472-item.html Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Unicorns-Germs-Ed-Asia-Citro/dp/1943147477 Americans can purchase the book here: Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Unicorns-Germs-Zoey-Sassafras-Citro/dp/1943147469/ *Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review as I love so many books from The Innovation Press: http://www.theinnovationpress.com/our-books. This is not a sponsored post and nor do we use affiliate links.* Materials Shoe string liquorice (“Unicorn hair”) Clipboard Clean scissors We always find these items useful too: Directions Line up 3 pieces of liquorice. We used different colours to make it really clear and easy to see which one to work with next. Trim the liquorice so that the lengths are equal. We went with a length that was about that of our arm for the necklace, but you could make it smaller to start to make it easier to work with. Knot one end. We then clipped our “unicorn hair” knot into a clip board. For braiding we find the trick of saying, “Left, middle. Right, middle. Left middle. Right, middle. Left, middle.” helps to keep one organized. Use your opposite hand (the one not directing the string to put in the middle) to hold the work on your braid in place. Our approach to sweets are that they are a sometimes treat and I tell you, this trick of Nan’s sure got everyone braiding! Enjoy your unicorn hair necklace! Purpose Developing ones’s fine motor skills. Safety Notes Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Remove necklaces before play (especially on play grounds) and always consume food with direct, adult supervision. Use scissors with care and supervision as well. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.