Finn made a couple of spiral decorations at school, then came home and decided to make more and decorate the whole tree with them!


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pencils
  • Elastic bands
  • Sticky tape


Finn started off by drawing a head, spiral body and wings for his robin.

He then kindly offered his robin template to Ioan, so he could make a decoration too. He explained which colours he thought Ioan should use.

Next, he explained how to cut out the spiral.

pics up to robin and tree

They both got to work cutting their spiral shapes out.

They added the finishing touches to their spirals, to turn them in to a robin and Christmas tree.

On Boxing Day, Finny decided to add some extra spirals to his collection. He chose to make a turtle because his turtle cap was one of his favourite presents. He also made Zog, in anticipation of watching Zog and the Flying Doctors for the first time.

Now an expert at making spiral decorations, Finn now decided to colour the back of his spiral in too. He had found that as the spiral sprung up, you could see the back of the white paper.

Once he’d cut his new spiral out, he was happy that this one was red on both sides.

After sticking black boots at the bottom of his Father Christmas spiral, he was then ready to stick his head at the top.

When Finn has a fiddly bit to cut out he often cuts a chunk out at a time.

He collected together the ones he had made at school as well as the ones he’s made at home.

The last step was to make a tag, to hang them on the tree. I assumed he would want to make them the same way he did at school, but instead he disappeared and came back with some elastic bands and the sellotape dispenser.

He proudly covered the tree in his decorations.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.