Inside: Create an easy toddler winter art activity using scraps of leftover pieces. A fun process art idea that also strengthens fine motor skills!
Our toddlers love to paint.
We make sure to have some sort of painting activity available each day, sometimes multiple times.
During our snow and ice theme I decided to mix up some 2-ingredient puffy paint (recipe below) and raid my scraps bin for anything that was blue, white, and silver.
I unrolled some tin foil, cut it into sections for 10 children, and used blue paper as the backing.
The result was a super fun, super easy toddler winter art activity that was completely open-ended.
Let’s hear it for process art!
Easy Toddler Winter Art Collage
Prepping this activity:
Cut tinfoil so that it’s a bit smaller than the blue paper and glue it on top.
Place small pieces in a container.
How to make puffy glue:
This is super easy and our kiddos love using it!
Pour some white glue into a container and add shaving cream, roughly the same amount.
Mix it up and it’s ready to go!
Invite your toddlers to use a paintbrush to mix the glue and shaving cream mixture.
You could do this ahead of time, but I’ve found toddlers love the mixing part!
Then, have them brush the puffy glue onto the tinfoil.
They might even want to explore the feeling of the puffy glue on their hands, as it’s quite fun to touch.
Sensory loving toddlers will especially love the feel of this on their hands. You can place a damp cloth beside them if desired.
Note: If the glue mixture goes off the foil, no worries. There is no right or wrong.
Once the glue has been applied it’s time to add the collage pieces.
The thickness of the glue and shaving cream makes it easier for toddlers to feel where the pieces should go. As they press the pieces into the puffy glue, the mixture will give a bit.
Again, this is a great sensory experience for young children!
Let the collage completely dry.
The puffy glue will flatten a bit, but there will still be some texture.
My favorite part is displaying the children’s art on our walls. We love to decorate the classroom with their work!
And notice how each collage is different.
That’s what I love about process art!
More winter ideas:
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