In both cases, I used a sheet of A3 card folded in half, to make an A4 card.
This one was a goodbye card for a Sunday School teacher.
- Beforehand: Cut a selection of 4½ cm squares in four colours. This is especially easy if you use a guillotine, but it's not neccessary.
- With the children: Each child draws whatever they like - aliens were popular in my class, as well as some less conventional objects (a sock?!?).
- Stick them on, starting from the bottom. I did it in order of the colours, also trying to ensure there weren't too many similar drawings together.
- As it is impossible to fit a whole number of squares on an A4 sheet, leave a space for the name or a greeting.
This one definitely suits a short name.
- Beforehand: Print out the letters as outlines. The font I used was Roger*, but you could use anything chunky, or draw bubble letters. Cut paper apart with one letter to a piece (but don't cut the letters out).
- Cut up lots of little squares of tissue paper. Pile the paper up and cut through several layers at once. About 2cm square is good - and they don't need to be very neat.
- With the children: Children stick the tissue paper on the letters. It should overlap the lines a little.
- Cut them out. We had the adults doing this: one with scissors, the other did the holes with a craft knife. Older kids could do the scissor cutting themselves, but many 5-6 year olds don't cut neat enough for the letters to be legible!
- Stick them on (preferably better placed than I did) and add stickers if there's time.
- It really pays to be well organised, so you know exactly what you're aiming at.
- Have spare squares or letters, in case someone makes a mess/loses one etc. Keep the spares separate, though, so they're not used unless needed. You don't want to have too many squares to fit!
- Have enough squares or letters to cater for newcomers or visitors (if your group is likely to have them). That's why I spelled out "Baby Sophie", not just "Sophie". This will also be helpful if some children are quicker than others - they can do several.
- Do the actual sticking yourself, or it will be chaos. But if you have time, you can call the group together and get them to help: "First I need the 'B' - who's got the 'B'? What letter will I need next?" etc.