15 minute Craft planner
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle and taste the food used in this activity.
You will need:
Textboxes (see Printables)
Firm and unblemished oranges or satsumas
Whole cloves, approx ½ ounce per child*
Ribbon (metallic ribbon would be suitable if you don’t have traditional ribbon)
Whole cinnamon sticks
* You can buy these in bulk online or in supermarkets specialising in Asian food.
How to prepare:
Before the session print enough templates for at least one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the textboxes before the session. Make a sample pomander so that the children know what they are making.
How to make:
1. Tie a long piece of ribbon around the orange and hold it in place with sticky tape. Tie a knot in the ribbon close to the orange but leave the ends free.
2. Help the children to use a knitting needle to gently make three or four holes in the skin of the orange. For very young children this should be carried out by an adult.
Encourage the children to push whole cloves into the holes made by the knitting needle. Only the heads of the cloves should be seen at the surface of the orange. The children should keep making holes and inserting the cloves until they have decorated their orange.
3. Cut out your textbox. Place a piece of cinnamon stick on top of the orange and place your textbox on top of the cinnamon. Tie the ends of the ribbon around the cinnamon and textbox.
Make a loop in the ribbon so that the pomander can be hung from a Christmas tree as it gives off its scent.
Alongside this craft teach the Bible story...