In some cultures, they use “dreamcatchers” to ‘catch’ the bad dreams and only let the good and happy dreams into your head. In this beyond the book activity inspired by How to Say Good Night, you can make your very own dream catcher out of a paper plate!
To make your paper plate dream catcher, you’ll need:
- 1 x paper plate per child
- Hole punch (optional – adult could use scissors to make holes)
- String, wool, or ribbon in different colours
- Beads (optional – be aware of small pieces for young children)
- Feathers (optional)
- Begin by cutting out a circle from the centre of your paper plate. Take a hole punch and punch (or poke/cut if using scissors) even holes around the rim of your paper plate – going all the way around. We had 12 holes.
- Cut some wool/ string/ ribbon and thread through one hole and knot so it cannot come out. Children may need an adult to do this step. Lace back and forth between 2-4 holes, criss- crossing. Lace through a bottom hole and leave the tail long as this is where you will tie beads or feathers. Repeat a few more times – until the paper plate is full with criss-crossed string and you have as many long tales as you like hanging through the holes at the bottom.
- Tie a bead onto each of the tales, or add a feather.
- Decorate, hang, and have sweet dreams!