One of my fondest memories from kindergarten, the joy of tissue papers stamped into glue to create colorful masterpieces! I can remember standing at a tiny table wrapping tissue squares around a pencil during choice time. Good memories! Now I can see the point of it - fine motor and scissor skills! This project would be great from around age 3 - 8 or so.
Here's what you'll need:
- a variety of tissue papers (recycled are great!) crepe paper will work, too
- pencil (unsharpened is best) with an eraser
- school glue
- white paper with a design drawn on (or printed from the computer)
- markers or crayons
1. Start with your white paper that has an image on it. Simpler is better, especially for younger kids. You can free-hand draw something, have them draw something bold, or print an image from your computer ahead of time.
2. Have them use the markers or crayons to color in the colors they want the end project to look like. Does not need to be perfect in any way, it will all get covered up!
3. Get the tissue paper squares ready (parent or older child can do this). Cut the tissue into squares roughly 1 1/2 inches or so. Again, can be very imperfect! Pour some school glue onto a tray or plate. Get your pencil ready...
4. Have your child take one piece of tissue, and show them how to center (approximately!) the eraser onto it.
5. Wrap the tissue up around the pencil.
7. Hold onto the edges of the tissue, and press the glue tipped end onto the paper, matching up the color from your picture. Slide the pencil out.
8. Keep going.
9. And going. :)
10. Soon enough, they'll have their own masterpeice! Have fun with this!