Sweet Pea is 34 months old.
From: A lot of our activities are really spontaneous like this one. I had my hand poised above a trash can, about to toss away some scrap paper from one of my own craft projects when Sweet Pea asked if she could look at them. She was admiring the colors and patterns on them when I realized that she would have a great time gluing them to a blank sheet of paper.
- Pretty colored and patterned scrap paper.
- A box or basket for the scrap paper.
- Several sheets of regular sheet of white or colored paper.
- Glue Stick (or regular glue).
- Cut the paper scraps into smaller pieces if desired (under 3″ or 4″ worked best for us). Put all of the scraps into a small basket or bowl.
- Put a sheet of regular paper on your tot’s work area, along with the basket of scrap paper and the glue stick.
- Sit next to your tot and explain that they get to make a collage.
- Choose a scrap piece of paper out of the basket.
- Demonstrate how to use the glue to stick a piece of scrap paper to the regular paper. This demonstration may have to be more or less involved depending on how familiar your tot is with glue.
- Let your tot try.
Observations: This is so simple and Sweet Pea loves it! She has asked to do a collage several times since I introduced it.
One “game” we played, was taking turns gluing the pieces to the paper. She would select and glue a piece and then I would do the same thing. She had a lot of fun with this, although she usually wanted to pick out my piece too.
After Sweet Pea has finished making a collage, she always asks for tape so she can hang it on the wall. We have about 14 collages stuck up all over the house now.
Notes from the Trenches: Glue really needs to be supervised. I may have been a little distracted because I wasn’t paying attention and 2 minutes later Sweet Pea had started gluing the letter pieces into her alphabet puzzle. Whooops! I know, I know, I deserve the Mommy-of-the-year award. Although now that I think about it, I’m just going to call it really just good problem solving on her part. I can totally see her line of reasoning. “Now, I’ll never have to put this sucker together again!”
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)