Finding ways to boost wellbeing and feel good at home are imperative towards maintaining healthy bodies and minds.

Getting creative with the kids is a great way to keep them entertained for hours and help their imaginations continue to run wild while staying at home. Over the course of our closure, we'll be sharing quick and easy-to-follow guides for fun family crafts using bits and pieces from around the house.

Make your own colourful rainbow hangings in this step-by-step guide for kids and pay tribute to the wonderful NHS and fellow key workers.

Equipment needed:

  • Coloured paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
  • White paper
  • Colouring pencils or pens (if you don’t have coloured paper for all of the colours, you could find them printed in magazines or colour in white paper instead)
  • Wool, string or thread 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Tape 

Got everything? Let's go!

1. Cut out 2 identical cloud shapes from your white paper. Tip: fold your paper in half before cutting so your cloud shapes will be the same. You could make your clouds more fluffy, larger or smaller.

2. Cut out 2 versions of each colour for the hearts. Create a template from another piece of paper so that all your heart shapes look the same. Of course, they don't have to be identical - you could draw all sorts of different shapes!

3. Tape the string to the back of one of the clouds and each of the hearts, making sure that you leave a long bit of string above the cloud, at the top, so that you can hang it up.

4. Glue the other sides of the cloud and the hearts to the back of the taped pieces of paper, so that the tape and string are covered, and there you have it! A beautiful rainbow hanging.

Why don’t you create a few of these to hang up in the window to make a fun display?

Many communities are paying tribute to the wonderful work the NHS, delivery services and other key workers are doing in today's coronavirus crisis by displaying drawings and paintings of rainbows in their windows. Why not write messages, well-wishes, and tokens of gratitude on your hearts and display them for passers-by to see?

Tag us in your creations on social media - we'd love to see what you've been up to.