To do: Use scraps of paper leftover from scissor practice to glue together a new masterpiece.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Scraps of paper, one piece of clean printer paper, glue, small paintbrush
Instead of throwing away all the scraps of paper that inevitably result from scissor practice, recycle them to make a collage!
Pile all of your scrap paper in a bowl or on a tray. Let your child know these scraps are fair game for gluing.
Next, provide your child with a clean piece of paper, white or multi-colored, and a small dish of glue with a paintbrush.
The first time around, show your child how to place just a small amount of glue on the back of the scrap paper, and place it on your clean paper. For younger children, provide less glue in the dish so they aren’t tempted to apply too much.
Invite your child to try! Explain that any combination of the scrap paper is called a collage, and it’s a brand new piece of art made from recycled material.
Both cutting paper and gluing with a paintbrush are excellent fine motor practice.
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