How to make a spooky star

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It can be a challenge to find ways of entertaining children indoors, particularly those coping with the added emotional stress of bereavement or the serious illness of someone close to them.

Children can sometimes find it difficult to talk about a brother or sister who is seriously ill. One way to encourage them to express how they feel is to create something fun, like a spooky star. This simple activity makes children relax and share their emotions more freely.

The following instructions create a very cool spooky star as shown in the photo above.

What you'll need

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    Glue gun

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    White acrylic paint

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    Thin wire or twine

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    Coloured raffia

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Let's make it!!

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    Paint, tie and wrap!

    Paint each of the stars, front and back, with white acrylic paint. Tie a long length of raffia to your star, then wrap and wind the raffia a

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    Make star shapes

    For each ornament, make three stars, one slightly larger than the other. Once the twigs are trimmed, glue them into the star shapes.

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    Organize sticks that are similar in diameter, and sort them into sets of five. Trim the sticks in each set to be the same length.

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