As parents, sometimes it’s really hard to wrap our heads around the idea that creativity is more about the process than the end result. This Activity Hour project gives you a chance to appreciate the process, appreciate the end result, and then appreciate the process once more as it all comes down. It’s an exercise in temporary beauty (and a great way to keep the kids occupied inside on a cold or rainy day).
This is what you’ll need:
- Liquid starch
- Paint brushes
- Colored tissue paper
- Glass door or window (We do this on the sliding glass door that goes out to our patio)
Step 1 – Cut the tissue paper: It’s important to practice using scissors with young children because it helps build kids’ fine motor skills. Beware—scissor practice can also be very frustrating. Encourage your child to use the scissors correctly, but don’t force it. You can practice a little every day or every week. Cut the tissue paper into small squares using scissors, or help your child tear the tissue paper with their fingers.
*Tips for parents: First, cut the tissue paper into strips yourself, then give the strips to your child to cut with his or her scissors. Making one small cut is easier than tackling a whole sheet of tissue paper. After the tissue paper has been cut, you can talk about the different colors. Practice sorting the colors into various containers.
Step 2 – Decorate the glass:
Give your child a small cup filled with liquid starch. Show your child how to paint the starch onto the glass, then press a piece of tissue paper onto it. Cover the tissue paper with more liquid starch.
*Tips for parents: This is a good time to talk about gentle touch. If your child is too rough when covering the tissue paper with liquid starch, the tissue paper will tear. Explain and show your child how to use light brushstrokes. Alternate brushing with light taps.
Step 3 – Throw out the garbage:
Kids love to be helpful. As the liquid starch dries, the tissue paper will begin to peel off of the glass on its own. Have your child collect the paper. He or she can sort it back into containers or help throw it in the trash (or in your art bin to save for another art project). My kids picked it up with their garbage truck.
*Tips for parents: As your child looks out the window, talk about the colors he or she sees. Are the trees different colors when viewed through the tissue paper?
Step 4 – Clean off the window:
Kids can use a washcloth and water to clean the liquid starch residue off the window.
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