My sister (whose apartment, she corrected me, is not her first, although it is her first since undergraduate years)… anyway, my sister — we’ll call her TatEE — is a kids’ art projects WHIZ. She often passes these projects along to me, and has encouraged me to share them here.
So if you’re in the market for a repertoire of kids’ art project or craft ideas (as if Pinterest isn’t enough), here’s an easy one to try. Especially for larger groups of young children (like for children’s meeting), I tend to prefer simple, disaster-proof creations. Some combination of construction paper and glue often fits the bill.
Lest you think “bor-riiiing,” I present: The Strip Mosaic Stained Glass Window. =) (List of directions at the end, though the pictures are pretty self-explanatory.)
Elora added her own touch to her mosiac by ripping some of her strips into pieces. I let her go with it, of course.
This sweet, sweet look — contentment with her creation, satisfaction at her accomplishment, confirmed confidence in her ability to create — epitomizes so much of what I think makes art projects such a profound experience in a young child’s learning process. TatEE could say much, much more on the topic.
Construction Paper Craft: Strip Mosaic Stained Glass Window Instructions
- Cut various colors of construction paper into strips. (Since I was planning this project for very young children, I did this beforehand myself.)
- Swirl some glue over a paper color of the child’s choosing.
- Let the child pick strips to stick down onto the paper.
- Have them choose a shape and color for the window portion of their project. Cut out the shape for them, or if they are old enough, let them do it themselves.
- Glue the window on top of the base paper.