With lots of construction going on in our neighbourhood and those surrounding, our children have been attracted to the bright flagging tape used for various markers, so we decided to incorporate it into some upcoming celebrations! CAKE TOPPERS Materials Flagging tape (you can get this at hardware and dollar stores) BBQ skewers (Have an adult cut the sharp tips off.) Hole punch Beads Scissors Directions Put a small bead onto your skewer to serve as an anchor. Your beads may fit snuggly, but if they don’t, put a drop of glue onto the skewer in the desired spot before sliding your bead on. Cut and fold a length of your flagging tape back and forth (some people refer to this style of folding as accordion folding). With the help of an adult, punch a hole in the middle of your folded tape and then thread it onto your skewer. Repeat with various colours. Add beads to the tops and bottoms of your tape. If you haven’t already, have an adult cut off the tip of the skewer or be sure to wear safety googles if you do it yourself. Pop these into a cake for a punch of colour! BIRTHDAY WRAP Materials Flagging tape (you can get this at hardware stores and dollar stores) Kraft paper, newsprint etc. Paint Painting materials (brushes, sponges etc.) Scissors Smock Craft tray Directions Who doesn’t love kid-painted wrapping paper! It is playful, inexpensive and lends a personal touch to any gift. Don your smock and paint your paper. Allow to dry overnight. Use your flagging tape as you would ribbon to accent your gift. PHOTO BACKDROP Materials Flagging tape (you can get this at hardware stores and dollar stores) Tacks or tape Scissors (Whoops! It seems we forgot these in the photo!) Directions This is an activity for slightly older kids. Use your flagging tape to create a simple photo backdrop for snapping photos with your friends. You could go with simple stripes, diagonal lines or weave the tape as we did. (Make the columns and the go “under, over” with the rows.) Cut manageable strips and secure the ends with tacks (ask an adult before doing this) or tape. Take a photo with you and your friends in the centre and then use the crop function on your camera or phone to edit out the ends of the strips/tacks. Voila! A colourful and fun background for your party memories! Purpose Creating with inexpensive materials Safety Notes Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Be sure to use flagging tape with supervision and caution as it can be a strangulation hazard. 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.