Inside: This winter toddler art activity promotes fine motor skills while pieces are placed on sticky paper. The result is a display that hangs in the window!
Add some color to your window with this winter art activity!
Roll out a big piece of sticky Con-Tact Paper and gather assorted blue and white pieces.
Invite your toddlers to take the pieces and press them onto the sticky paper, creating a window collage.
A fun addition to your winter theme!
Add this activity to your snow and ice theme!
I love hanging displays in the window and we do it all year long.
If you’ve been following Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds for awhile, these might look familiar:
But I especially love adding art to the windows during winter because the outdoors here can be rather dreary.
Adding art to the windows adds much desired color and cheerfulness to our surroundings!
Plus, our toddlers LOVE seeing their work displayed.
They will stop during the day and point, remembering when they contributed to the art piece.
This winter toddler art activity is a group project that is simple, builds fine motor skills, and plain fun!
Winter Toddler Art That Hangs In The Window
What we used:
- Con-Tact Paper
- Tape (to hold the Con-Tact Paper on the table)
- Assorted collage pieces in white and blue
It’s truly that simple. I went through our storage closet and searched for assorted white and blue pieces, and I also paid attention to texture.
I wanted this to be a fun sense of touch activity.
Setting It Up
Gather all your collage pieces, placing them in trays.
Cut a large piece of Con-Tact Paper from the roll, remove the paper backing, and tape sticky side up to a table.
It’s that easy!
Invitation to Create
Now comes the fun part.
Invite your toddlers to take the collage pieces and press them onto the sticky paper.
At first they might be amazed at the feeling of the Con-Tact Paper, especially if this is their first time using it.
They might want to take their hand and press it right on top, then lifting it, just to feel the stickiness.
This is a perfect example of process art.
That is, there is no specific end result.
It’s all about the actual doing.
Your toddlers will simply have fun feeling the different textures as they remove them from the tray, pressing them onto the sticky paper.
Fine Motor Fun
See how the fingers are picking up the pieces?
Those little motions are important to build fine motor strength.
This will get the hands ready to hold writing tools!
Even though this isn’t on paper, it’s the same process as when we’ve made collages in the past. In fact, this looks very similar to the winter collage we made a couple of years ago.
Click here to see it: Easy Toddler Winter Art Collage
So if you are looking for something each child can do on their own, rather than a group activity, you might want to try that activity. It was so much fun!
Here’s another more recent activity: Colorful Fall Collage Art
For this activity our toddlers learned how to use bottles of glue and had so much fun!
The Finished Piece
When your toddlers have shown they are finished with the collage, it’s time to hang in the window.
I always like to press the pieces down a bit more so that less will fall off.
Even then, depending on what you used for collage pieces, some will probably fall off when transferring to the window. (Pom poms might not have been the best choice, but we made it work.)
Remove the tape that is securing the Con-Tact Paper to the table.
Carefully lift the entire piece and carry it to your window.
I will admit that I got an extra set of hands to help me with this. Depending on the size, you might want to do the same.
Position the collage so that the sticky side faces the window. Then, press the entire piece onto the window.
If your toddlers filled most of the sticky paper, you might need additional tape around the edges to keep it on the window.
I hung ours low so that our toddlers could look through it.
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