Tissue Paper Baby Chick

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Our fun with spring chicks continues, and Veronika has loved exploring the different materials from our craft bin as we make each version to mark the season. This time, she got to have fun with tissue paper!

First, you’ll need lots of squares of yellow tissue paper. You can invite your child to help rip up pieces, or preschoolers can use the opportunity for scissor practice instead. Next, I traced a circle onto white paper and cut out, and then Veronika helped smear it with a glue stick.

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All she had to do was cover it with tissue paper. This is such a forgiving material for toddlers, since it takes very little glue to make tissue paper stick. In short order, we had a fluffy yellow chick.

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To make the legs, twist a small piece of orange pipe cleaner around a larger piece of pipe cleaner, such that it forms three toes.

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All that was left to do was to glue down two wiggle eyes and an orange paper beak.

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Valentine’s Day Tissue Paper Wreath

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We thought it would be nice to decorate our door with a Valentine’s Day wreath, and I wanted one that even a toddler could help out with. I found inspiration from a tissue paper version from Hands on as We Grow! Veronika could fit in some arts-and-crafts for the day, and the end result would make a beautiful door decoration.

To start, I needed to cut a circle from cardboard. I opted for a scissor-friendly frozen pizza box rather than thicker cardboard packaging.

Valentine's Tissue Wreath (1)Next, I cut white tissue paper into squares about 8 inches long. I crumpled these into little “flowers” and then handed over to Veronika. Her job was to dip them in red and pink paint!

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This was way messier than I had imagined, but we set them aside to dry.

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Meanwhile, I also wadded up tissue paper that was already in shades of pink and red and stapled these around the outer rim of the cardboard circle. Once Veronika’s painted ones had dried, I stapled these along the inner rim.

If your kids want to add further details, consider painting and cutting out hearts from construction paper, or sprinkling on a dash of red glitter. We skipped those steps, though, and Veronika was delighted to help hang the wreath on the door.

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It looked so pretty and spot-in for the season, especially just after a snow storm!

Make a Snowscape Window

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We had a rain storm today, but the kids definitely wished it was snow instead. Luckily, I had a quick way we could turn at least one window into a snowy landscape.

I set out two paper plates, one filled with torn pieces of white tissue paper and the other with watered down Mod Podge. I showed Veronika how to dip a paintbrush in the Mod Podge mixture and then smear it all over the window of the playroom.

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She loved doing this, and was also thrilled that she got to stand on a chair while doing so. My big girl!

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As we covered the window in the Mod Podge, we then added pieces of tissue paper which will stick right on. I guided the placement of the tissue paper only slightly so it roughly formed a bell curve, mimicking the look of a snowdrift.

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If your kids have crafted any small Christmas trees from foam or felt this holiday season, you can tape these up to your snowy landscape. In a pinch, we added a few tree with washable green paint.

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The internet leads me to believe all of this will wash off easily once December is over, and my fingers are crossed!

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But in the meantime, Veronika’s artwork now makes the perfect backdrop for the rest of our Christmas decor.

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Pumpkin Craft for Toddlers

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This pretty suncatcher craft was a nice alternative to playing with real pumpkins!

To start, I taped a large piece of contact paper on to our craft table, sticky side up, and then set out a tray filled with squares of cut tissue paper. We had squares in red, orange, and yellow.

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Veronika immediately loved pressing the tissue paper onto the sticky surface and seeing that they got left behind when she lifted her hand away.

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I helped a little so that we could completely fill in a roughly circular area.

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Cover with a second sheet of contact paper, sticky side down, then trim into a pumpkin shape.

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For a stem, I simply taped on a rectangle of green construction paper. Hang in a window or doorway and watch the sun play tricks through the colors.

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You’ll get a neat double dose of orange, first from anywhere your toddler has actually attached orange tissue paper, and second from any place that yellow and red overlap!

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Giant Tissue Paper Sensory Bin

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Sure, you can give a baby a bag filled with tissue paper and consider that a sensory activity. But you’re not going to impress your toddler with something so mundane! Nope: today I made tissue paper play on a giant scale for Veronika!

I emptied out one of our toy storage containers, then took out a bulk package of tissue paper. Veronika was immediately delighted by all the thick piles of color.

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I showed her how to separate out a thin sheet of tissue paper and crumple it up, then toss it into the bin. This was of course a delight. “Clean up clean up!” she started to sing, which made me laugh since we were of course just making a mess.

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Once we had filled the bin deep with crumpled paper, I lifted her up and set her right inside.

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She looked so surprised! She kicked her feet and ran her fingers through the pieces. But then surprisingly she preferred to be back on the other side, tossing sheets of tissue paper in.

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We set aside sheets of tissue paper just to crumple and kept them out of the container so we could toss them in the air.

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Whether in the bin or out, this game was a delight!

Tissue Paper Collage

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You won’t get a lasting piece of artwork with this toddler project, but you will introduce your little one to interesting materials and novel methods of making art!

First, lay a long sheet of aluminum foil down on the ground. This immediately caught Veronika’s attention, and she wanted to walk across the shiny sleek surface.

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Then I gave her a little cup filled with oil. Baby oil would work well, or any neutral kitchen oil like canola. I showed her how to use a paint brush to smear this on the foil.

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I started tearing bits of tissue paper for her (although your toddler might prefer to tear these him- or herself!), and showed her how it instantly stuck to the oil on the aluminum.

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She liked sticking them down and picking them back up again, and looking at the smears of oil left behind.

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Trial and error showed that flat pieces of tissue paper adhered to the foil much better than crumpled pieces, although the crumples did add fun texture.

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She also loved dropping bits of the crumpled tissue in her cup of oil and stirring them around!

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In sum, there was lots to like about this one, both in terms of texture and creativity.

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Sticky Board

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I needed to keep Veronika occupied while I cleaned today. Enter a classic toddler activity: a contact paper sticky board! Thinking quickly, I taped a square of contact paper, sticky side out, onto the patio door.

Next I put together a little tray of odds and ends: squares of tissue paper, pieces of ribbon (too short to be choking hazards), and pom poms.

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Now it was up to Veronika to decide what should go where!

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This was the perfect activity to leave her mostly solo as I cleaned, since she loved discovering that the contact paper was sticky, pressing curious fingers against it.

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Then she could explore the various materials at her own pace.

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Wouldn’t you know, her favorite part was the painter’s tape I had used to hang the contact paper! So I ended up ripping off a few extra pieces of that for her, and she quickly added them to her collage.

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By the end, she had pulled the whole thing off the patio door, which was just fine of course; it simply meant that the play continued on the ground! And I had time to finish my cleaning.

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Tissue Paper Bag

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Tissue paper is one of those fantastic materials for keeping a toddler busy without fancy materials or much supervision. I had a full pack of multicolored tissue paper which was just begging to be played with. I cut squares from the sheets so they were just the right size for Veronika’s little hands, but that was it for set-up!

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I presented her with the tissue paper, along with a brown paper bag and a small empty toy bin. I left it up to her to decide where the tissue paper should go from there! Stuffing it into the bag was good fun…

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…as was piling it into the bin.

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She particularly loved this when we hid a toy underneath. “Where’s meow meow?” she asked of her toy kitty, and then lifted up the sheets of tissue paper with a “peek-a-boo!”. 

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Of course it’s just fine if your toddler wanders off with a few sheets of tissue paper, too.

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I also showed her how she could crumple up the pieces so they were more like balls than squares. This interested her so much that she soon invented her own version: putting a crumpled piece on a spoon and moving it into the bag or bin this way!

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It’s also silly fun to stuff the bag full of paper and let it rain down on your child’s head.

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To be honest, I thought she would play with the whole set-up for longer than she did, but it was good fun while it lasted.

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Crumple Crazy

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Glue + crinkly tissue paper? This art project is a toddler’s dream come true!

To make a glue solution that isn’t quite so sticky, I first mixed a little white glue with a splash of water in each compartment of a paint tray. This turned into a nice solution that was just sticky enough, but wouldn’t immediately do damage if Veronika got it on her hands or face.

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She was wild about dipping a paint brush into it! I showed her how to smear the gluey mixture over cardboard. (Note: Use any piece of cardboard from packaging for this project, or an old cereal box, or even sturdy construction paper).

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Next, I tore off pieces of white tissue paper and showed her how to crumple them into little pieces. These could stick perfectly onto her gluey cardboard. Could we hide all the glue?

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It turns out that she loved lifting off the crumpled pieces, pulling them off the sticky surface and then putting them right back on again. Or tossing them to the floor!

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Once there had been enough sticky glue play, the fun continued with extra tissue paper on the ground. Shake the pieces overhead, or crumple them close to the ear and talk about the sound it makes.

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I thought for sure she would want to tear the tissue paper up, but that didn’t interest her. Instead, we crumpled them into tight balls that were great for tossing… and kicking!

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How will your toddler play with tissue paper? Please share in the comments!

Halloween Luminaries

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Last year we indulged in an extra crate from Kiwi Co to make a trick-or-treat tote bag (which we’ll be using again this year!). This Halloween, Travis has graduated up in crafting skills and could help put together Kiwi Co’s neat luminary project, a reminder that it’s not just pumpkins that glow on All Hallow’s Eve.

To replicate the project at home, you can purchase similar materials to everything described below at a craft store.

To start, we taped down the two provided clear sheets of flexible plastic onto a work surface (a brown paper bag or scrap paper work fine), and painted them with a layer of glaze (which looked quite similar to Mod Podge).

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We divided the provided tissue paper squares into oranges and purples, and pressed onto the sticky glaze.

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Travis had fun with the orange one, but then decided he didn’t like the way the glaze felt on his fingers. So I finished up the purple one, and then we painted over the tissue with an additional layer of glaze before setting them aside to dry.

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To make our luminaries spooky, we had fun adding the provided stickers – Travis particularly liked making a “pumpkin patch” on one.

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The plastic is then folded into a cylinder, and secured with clear round stickers.

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Place your luminaries on any surface, then add a tea light inside.

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Boo-tiful!

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