In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a section on paper crafts.
One of the the activities is paper mosaics. The materials needed are cardboard, cardstock, or paper plate, construction paper(scrap pieces work great) or tissue paper, glue or glue sticks, and scissors.
Have your child tear or cut small pieces of construction paper or tissue paper. Have them glue the paper onto the cardboard, cardstock, or paper plate.
The children can make a design or do it randomly. This can also be done as a group project by doing something like a rainbow, and having each child put some red on, some blue on, and so on.
You can do this activity with just one color, if you want your child working on a particular color. Your child can also do their initial. On cardstock they or you(if they need some help) squeeze glue on in the shape of their initial and then cover with construction paper or tissue paper or both.
What kind of design does your child like to make?
Back in July, 2014, I wrote a post on crepe paper fun. I want to share some more ideas of what your child can do with it. Besides using it in the house, why don’t you let them take it outside for some fun. A couple of weeks ago I had some of my grandchildren over. It was a nice day and I wanted them playing outside most of the time. I set three rolls of crepe paper on the living room floor in case they wanted to play with it.
C found the crepe paper and asked if he could play with it outside. His brother and sister wanted one also. I said they could play with it outside but when they were done they had to throw it all away. We didn’t want to leave any around in case it rained.
C and K found different things to do with it. They wrapped it around trees, tied it to their waist and let it hang down like a tail, tied it around their wrist and ran with the wind blowing it. K tied his to two trees and would run through it like a finish line. N who is only 22 months old just kind of threw it and didn’t do much with it. I did tie some crepe paper to the stroller so when I pushed her around the crepe paper would blow.
You can also tie crepe paper to the back of bikes, or on riding toys, hang from a low tree branch and let them run through it. What does your child like to do?
If you don’t want to throw the crepe paper away just yet – your child can make a collage with it.
In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a section on paper which lists some recommended paper to purchase as well as craft activities to make using paper.
Try and have a variety of paper on hand. Some of the types of paper I like to have available are butcher paper, card stock, construction paper, copier paper, and tissue paper. You don’t need to get this all at once but it is nice to build up your stock.
One thing I like to have is a roll of butcher paper. You can purchase it at Sam’s Club for about $20.00. It can go a long way and you can do a variety of things with it.
You can do body tracing(outline your child’s body) then they color and decorate it; you can hang it on a fence and your child can spray paint it(using plastic spray bottles – make your own), or your child can decorate it for a tablecloth. Check out my book for additional ideas.
What do you like to do with butcher paper?