Let your child know that a napkin ring is often used to hold a cloth napkin securely in place in a table setting at fancy dinners. She will make a candy cane napkin ring that can be used for dinner at family get-togethers and parties.
First, have your child can measure a rectangle from red felt, around 9 inches in length and 2 or 3 inches in height. Have her cut out the rectangle with scissors.
Have her place a few candy canes (she may have to remove the candy from plastic first) around the middle of the red felt rectangle. This will be the front of the napkin ring. She can choose how many candy canes she needs and how to arrange them on the ring.
Let her thread a needle with red thread. Starting from the back of the felt, she will sew stitches through to the front and over the candy canes to hold them in place.Only one or two stitches should be needed.
Give your child sticky-back velcro to put on the back ends of the rectangle. These will be used to keep the napkin ring closed.
She can test out her holiday napkin ring around a cloth napkin. Her new creation is sure to add holiday cheer to any dinner table! If she likes the result, she can repeat the steps above to create several candy cane napkin rings so your household has enough for a festive family feast!
The candy canes can also be eaten for dessert—yum!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.