Sweet Pea is 36 months old.
- Contact paper.
- Masking (or other removable) tape.
- Several bowls or baskets
- Different types of materials appropriate for sticking on a collage. (We used scraps of paper, pom poms, wooden shapes and ribbon.
- Find an empty wall or door space for your to tot to create his or her collage.
- Put all of the materials in seperate baskets and place them close to the chosen work area.
- Cut off a piece of the contact paper about 12″ wide.
- Start to peel just a bit of the backing off of the contact paper sheet.
- Use tape to stick the top portion of the contact paper sheet to the door.
- Continue peeling the backing off of the contact paper.
- Tape the bottom corners of the contact paper to the door.
- Tell your tot that he or she is going to use the material in the baskets to create a collage.
- Pick up a piece of material and show your tot how to press it against the contact paper to make it stick.
- Let your tot go wild.
- If you want to preserve the collage after your tot is finished, stick another sheet of contact paper over the collage before taking it down from the wall.
Observations: This was a huge it. It may be Sweet Pea’s favorite art project so far. She was so completely absorbed in it that she could barely speak to me.
However, Sweet Pea talked to herself the entire time. Her running commentary went something like, “Pom poms will stick. I putting up decorations. Need to stick my items up there.”
Sweet Pea worked until she had used every bit of material I had given her.
We ended up using her finished collage as a birthday gift for her grandpa:
Notes from the Trenches:
- Either cover the collage with another sheet of contact paper or wait till your tot is away to remove it from the wall. After Sweet Pea was finished, I carelessly pulled the collage off of the wall and a rain of pom poms and wooden shapes fell around us. Sweet Pea started crying and I hastily tried to stick everything back on to the contact paper, as I sort of screamed reassures at her like, “It’s okay. We’ll fix it! We can re-stick these pom poms!” It was a somewhat disastrous ending to a great activity.
- Make sure that the last thing you do before showing your tot this activity is to put the contact paper up on the wall because once your tot has discovered the sticky stuff, you will not be able to keep him or her away from it.
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal if you have contact paper)
Carnivals: This post is linked at Delicious Ambiguity’s Tot Tuesday #16 and Child Centered Art Party #8 at Art for Little Hands.