While I love how a room full of brightly colored presents looks under our Christmas Tree I can’t stand all that wasted paper and ribbons. Before you get out the garbage bag and toss all the paper in, why not use your wrapping paper scraps and ribbons to make collages. Our Recycled Wrapping Paper Collages are the perfect way to reuse the paper.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE RECYCLED WRAPPING PAPER COLLAGES
recycled wrapping paper cut into small pieces
recycled ribbon or bows
cardboard rectangles (cut from recycled cardboard boxes)
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT ENHANCED MAKING RECYCLED WRAPPING PAPER COLLAGES
fine motor development
TIME TO MAKE RECYCLED WRAPPING PAPER COLLAGES!
Prior to introducing the activity to your children cut the recycled wrapping paper and ribbons into smaller pieces. Cut large rectangles (approximately 11 x 14 inches) from cardboard boxes. If you don’t have cardboard boxes you can use construction paper. Give each child a cardboard rectangle, small container of glue, paint brush and access to the collage materials.
This project is all about the process of art rather than the end product. If your child wants to cover the whole cardboard rectangle with glue and then add only one piece of wrapping paper honor your child’s vision! So much learning is occurring no matter what the collage looks like in the end. When speaking to your child about her art focus on your child’s actions. Charlotte, look at the way you are gluing the pieces of wrapping paper on top of each other. Avoid statements that begin with “I like” or “It looks like a…”, instead focus your observations on what your child is doing. You are aiding language development by giving words to your child’s actions.
Here is what I love about children’s artwork. Yes, my daughter’s art could be seen as just a bunch of pieces of paper glued onto cardboard is so much more to them and to me. My daughters thoughtfully picked their pieces of cardboard and carefully glued them. Once finished my girls we so proud of their work! Luca exclaimed “Mama, I want to give it to Grandma tomorrow!”
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