What to Do
The teacher will need to pre-punch holes around the outside of each pair of plates. It works best if you use a paper clip or staple on each side of the plates (ie. one at about 3 o'clock and one at 9 o'clock) to hold the plates in place once the holes are made, otherwise some students may struggle to keep the holes lined up.
Thread the wool onto the bodkin needle and double it over with a knot at the end so it cannot come undone during threading.
Students thread the wool through the holes to 'sew' the two plates together. They may like to experiment with their technique--they could pass the wool around the edges of the plate, or use a straight 'in and out' stitch.
When they are finished, use a separate piece of wool to create a small holding loop at the top of the plate so it can be hung on a doorway, on a Christmas tree or in a window as a display.
To finish off the plates, have students use colored paints, glitter, colored paper off-cuts, stickers or other art materials to decorate the plates. Remember to do both sides, especially for plates that will be hung in a window! To create a Christmas gift, use reds, greens and some glitter or Christmas stickers to make a large-scale hanging bauble ornament to put on the tree.