Let Them Grow: Spring Craft Idea

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Spring Craft Idea

Contact paper is a dream tool of mine. I find that children love tactical experiences and using contact paper is an easy way to offer this experience without getting messy.  Springtime is a fun time to create beautiful masterpieces that can hang in the window and catch the early light of the summer on the horizon.

My favorite thing to do is collect early spring flower pedals and let them dry for use on the contact paper. Daffodils, crocuses, dandelions, daffodils, early mint leaves are all out now and ready for picking. Dry your pedals out so they stick well. Make this a learning experience, identify the flowers and prepare them flat to make you sun catcher, place mat or art piece with contact paper.

Things to collect to use on contact paper:

  • flower pedals
  • dried leaves
  • tissue paper
  • sequins
  • glitter
  • foam shapes
  • hand stencil cut outs

Collecting material with your toddler should be half of the project. talk about what type of collage you will make. Is it nature based; using early spring flowers. Use materials that leave empty spaces between to offer a beautiful stained glass effect. Children should be offered many different shapes and sized object to apply to the paper.  For older children themed collages can be fun and educational.

Rules of thumb when using contact paper:

  • Taped it down for any child in order to make it easy to apply
  • Offer things that are flat and will stick
  • Avoid using dusty, dirty or sandy objects. They take the sticky away
  • Avoid big object (rocks, acorns, sticks)
  • Save a piece of contact paper a little lager than the bottom piece to cover the top of the project. Overlap the top piece to hold the two pieces of contact paper together.  Tape the edges if you need to reinforce the bond between the two sheets.

Other fun ways to use contact paper is to combine it with a watercolor project. Using a nice watercolor paper, have your child paint away! When done, tear it to pieces. Ye,s tear it up and reconstruct it on the contact paper. The watercolors look beautiful between the sheets of clear paper, mixed with flowers, glitter and such. Hang it in the window and watch as art glows in the sun!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Candice Chouinard has worked with youth of all ages and backgrounds, creating and implementing programming for children. She revels in hand-on, long-term, messy projects that are both fun and educational. Candice comes from a background in creative writing, as well as, child development and psychology. She owns and operates a day care in Northampton, MA.

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