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I love a good toddler craft activity around here. Little gets SO excited at the mention of an “activity”, and I of course love that so much. Whether it means we are going on an adventure, or making something fun at home, he is always beaming to find out what his activity is for the day. Because I want encourage him to use his imagination and be creative, I really love to find toddler friendly crafts that we can do together at home and with friends.
When it comes to said crafts, I have a few criteria that are important to me:
- Simple to put together
- Simple to clean up
- Encourages creativity and imagination with Little
- BONUS: can be adapted to various themes and seasons
Today’s craft meets all those criteria perfectly. It was the second time we’ve done this project (you’ll remember it here from Valentine’s Day). I’m happy to report that it was just as big of a hit the second time around as it was the first.
Tissue Paper Sun Catchers
This is the perfect craft activity for introducing crafting to your toddler. There’s no glue, no right/wrong way to do it, and they will love all the tissue paper colors.
You can adjust this craft to fit any theme. Of course, I made hearts for Valentine’s Day and I think Christmas trees would be fun in the winter, but this time we opted to do a “things that go” theme since Little is really into vehicles these days. We had friends over to do this craft with us, so I opted for three different vehicles – a car, a boat, and an airplane.
What You’ll Need
- Contact Paper (I recommend clear, matte paper)
- Different colored tissue paper cut into squares
- In the spirit of full disclosure, this part does take a little bit of prep work. I recommend just choosing 1 sheet of several colors that you like, cutting them up and storing them in a gallon size zip-loc to save for multiple projects. If you only want to do the craft once, the equivalent of one sheet is probably enough.
- Construction Paper
- Stencils for your shapes (I typically free hand my shapes or go online to find free coloring sheets. I got these here. *Be sure if you use these free coloring sheets that you use them only in your home for personal use.)
- Print and cut out your stencils
- Trace onto construction paper twice. (Once around the stencil and another just outside to make sort of a “frame” for the tissue paper.)
- Cut out the shapes
- Stick the shapes to the contact paper
- Add tissue paper however you like
- Once finished, place a separate piece of contact paper on top to seal.
- Trim away the excess.
- Be sure to leave a little contact paper on the outside edge to be sure it stays sealed. If you cut right along the construction paper, the contact paper won’t hold as well.
That’s all there is to it! We had tons of fun with this craft and I’ve still got lots of tissue paper left for our next one!
We loved this activity and I bet you will too! What are you favorite toddler and preschool crafts or activities?
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