Recycled Confetti Art
As part of the Bambini Art Project, I will be sharing various activities and field trips throughout the year to inspire you. Today I am excited to welcome back the lovely Rebecca Nutter to share a simple, fun gluing activity for toddlers and preschooolers.
(Guest Post from Rebecca Nutter)
After collecting many pieces of my child’s artwork, I thought, “Now what do I do with them?” I had previously used some to make our own greeting cards, but was looking for another way to use them, instead of just throwing them in the recycling bin. I stumbled across an activity using confetti at the website, Picklebums. I wanted to do a confetti project with my daughter, but didn’t want to buy confetti. Ah-ha! I grabbed my hole puncher and started punching away at the old artwork from my daughter and greeting cards I had saved for some reason a long time ago!
Lay out a piece of paper, a tray with a small amount of glue, a brush, a bowl with your handmade confetti and a scooper (we found the confetti stuck to our hands when we used our fingers). You may want to cover your surface beforehand, so it protects it from glue spills or drips.
Invite your child to your set up space. Show them the materials. Allow them (because they will want to - I could get lost in touching this pile of confetti!) to touch the confetti, saying, “Can you pinch the confetti with your fingers and sprinkle it into the bowl?”
Show them the steps involved with this activity. Be purposeful with your steps. These are the steps we followed:
They should repeat as long as they are interested, focusing on the process…not the product.
You will get confetti all over. Try not to worry about those pieces or the glue you might get on your surface of your work area.
When cleaning up you could invite your child to help clean up the confetti with a small child sized dustpan and broom.
Old Greeting Cards, Used Wrapping Paper, or Old Artwork
*Use confetti as a sensory activity. You may need to purchase some confetti, if you don’t feel up to hold punching that much confetti. Add confetti to a large bin with various small toys that are “hiding.”
*Read more of Rebecca's posts here and here.
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