Do you run out of easy craft ideas for your toddler? Or, do you look at Pinterest and get exhausted trying to duplicate complicated projects (that look nothing like the sample picture when your toddler creates them)?
If so, do I have the craft for you.
This craft idea is simple, and you can use it all year long.
Since we’re approaching the holiday season, I decided to help my little ones create a Christmas tree and an ornament.
The only supplies needed are:
- a pair of scissors,
- tissue paper,
- construction paper, and
- clear laminate
Simply choose what you want your child to create, and then draw that shape on a piece of construction paper.
Cut out the inside, so you’re left with the outline of the object that you want your child to create.
(Reserve the inner section of the shape for another craft for your child.)
Cut a piece of laminate paper big enough to fit the outline.
Remove the backing, and gently stick the shape to the laminate paper. You now have a glossy side on the back, and a sticky side on top.
Next, cut whatever color pieces your child will need from the tissue paper. I cut small squares about 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch. The size you cut the tissue paper will depend on the size of the project that you’re child is making.
Now, it’s time for your child to get in on the fun! If you’re making a Christmas tree like we did, you might have your child put the papers on for the ornaments first, and then fill up the rest of the tree with the green color.
For an ornament, your child can add any colors he would like (unless you have a specific pattern in mind.)
When your child is done, carefully lay another piece of laminate paper (sticky side down) on top of the pattern your child just created. Smooth out carefully.
If your child is old enough she can cut out the shape. If not, you can do that job. (Feel free to get older siblings in on this craft; they will probably enjoy it, too!)
Once completed, these make pretty sun catchers. Simply use clear tape to stick them to the window.
We stuck the Christmas tree to the windows, but after a brief stint on the window, we put a hole in the top of the ornament and actually put it on our Christmas tree.
A Versatile Craft
To use this craft all year long, simply change up the object you’re creating–a bunny or an egg for spring, a clover for St. Patrick’s Day, a heart for Valentine’s Day. . .The possibilities are endless, and once you buy the initial supplies, the cost of creating different objects goes down because you don’t need to buy any materials!
That’s the kind of craft project I appreciate!