I saw this idea for a kids’ craft on a mommy blog a while ago, then again on pinterest, and finally remembered to pick up some contact paper so we could give it a try.
It was a big hit with them and me, for a few reasons:
- Both boys could easily take part. Often I have to distract Emery while Oliver gets his craft on but he was able to do his own craft this time, which I’m sure made him feel involved and all grown up (or at least as grown up as Oliver).
- Both boys were focused on it for at least 20 minutes, which is a big deal for both of them but especially for Emery (1 year old). He actually stuck it out longer than Oliver did.
- It was really quick and easy (and cheap) for me to set up.
- It can be adapted a thousand different ways – use glitter or print out pictures of objects (trucks, houses, etc) so they can create a scene or print out the alphabet and try letter recognition or gather leaves/grass/flowers/etc from outside for them to stick on.
- It will grow with them – I can totally see Oliver soon using the paper bits to make a truck or a person soon.
- They were in total control… free play!
- The finished product was so pretty!
You know how you hate to throw out the tissue paper that people put in gift bags, even though it’s all wrinkly and won’t look as nice in another gift? Get that out and cut it up into little squares or triangles … it just needs to be little scraps, nothing fancy. Any paper would do, actually.
Then cut a big square of contact paper off the roll (I found mine by the shelf liner at wal-mart). Duct tape it to the table so the sticky side is up. You can get contact paper that isn’t clear, which would also be fun, but it won’t have the stained glass effect.
Put the pile of tissue paper scraps in front of them and let them go to it!
Emery would stick his paper on and then pull it off. It ripped but I think that was part of the fun for him.
Oliver would call out the colors as he stuck them on. “I think a blue one goes here…”.
In the end, when Oliver was starting to lose interest, we let it “rain” paper to cover the rest of the contact paper.
Don’t taste the paper though… it’s gross!
And when they were all done, I took the duct tape off the corners and hung it in the bedroom windows. See? Stained glass! Pretty!