Creativity for Kids Pretty Paper Pajaki
(Creativity for Kids $20)
What’s a Pajaki? It’s what they call a paper chandelier in Poland. (pronounced pah YONK i) Put it together and it’s not just colorful, it’s supposed to bring good luck! The assembled end-product is as big as 36” and it will take days to complete. Originally it was made with straw and scrap papers, but this kit includes colorful straw beads, 2-sided paper shaped, velvet shapes, yarn for pom-poms, a pom-pom maker, a two-sided base, sticky dots, and a hook for hanging the finished product. There's a lot of repetition in making a construction like this one and lots of little pieces to keep in order. The directions are clear, but they start out suggesting you spread the material out on a large table. That would be fine if they can remain out for a few days. If not, kids may need to learn early-on to organize the materials before they get all jumbled. You might want to help sort and store the decorative pieces by type in baggies that will keep the process neater when they need to be picked up and put away. This is not a project that's likely to be done in a day and that is a good thing. Older kids are ready for challenging crafts that demand patience, following step-by-step directions, and stick-to-it-ness. 8 & up.
Ages: Tweens, Teens
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2017