Tissue paper is fun for kids to crinkle and crumple, and it's an inexpensive craft supply to make all kinds of decorations, play accessories and gifts. Whether you're looking for ways to keep your youngster occupied on a rainy afternoon, or helping him make a crafty gift for a special little friend or family member, these tissue paper activity ideas will have your child beaming with pride over his creations.
Tissue Paper Ornaments
Help your child make tissue paper ornaments to fill the home any time of the year. The two of you can make tissue paper butterflies with clothespin bodies and string hangers. Have older children glue on pompom heads, googly eyes and tiny chenille stick antennae. Polystyrene foam shapes and tissue paper ornaments are also easy to make. Just glue a ribbon loop to the shape and then have your child glue tiny pieces of tissue paper all over the foam. If you don't have polystyrene foam shapes, make construction paper ornaments instead. Just cut out any shape you'd like and have your child cover every inch with crumpled pieces of tissue paper. Attach a ribbon loop to the top and spray a little perfume or air freshener on the ornament to add a welcoming aroma.
Cover every window in the home with your child's colorful stained glass decorations made from tissue paper, construction paper and acetate sheets or wax paper. Start with a large construction paper cutout of any shape you like and show your child how to glue pieces of tissue paper onto a sheet of acetate or wax paper. Glue the construction paper and acetate sheets together and the project is complete. You can help your child make a miniature cutout of your own house and have your child fill in the windows with stained glass tissue paper. Make a stained glass kite from any colored construction paper frame and tissue paper glass to hang on her wall, or use a combination of blue and green tissue paper pieces and a construction paper circle to make a stained glass Earth.
Tissue Paper Flowers
Whether you're helping your child make the perfect gift for Grandma or just working on a beautiful bouquet to adorn the dining table, tissue paper flowers can keep a child interested in crafting for hours -- or at least long enough to let you clean up the lunch dishes. Help your youngster make a small bouquet of flowers from layers of colorful tissue paper circles and then pinch the centers together with a chenille stick to form each bloom's shape. A tissue paper bow will hold the bouquet together nicely. For a giant tissue paper bloom, help your child pile up eight sheets of tissue paper and fold them accordion-style into a 1-inch-wide pile. Just fold the pile in half, wrap an elastic band around the fold and pull apart the layers to shape the flower. You can also help your child make blooming spring trees from twigs in the backyard. Glue the twigs together to make a branch and adorn the branch with tiny bunches of tissue paper blooms.
Dress-Up Play Crafts
If your child is already your favorite little cheerleader, help her make a pair of pompoms for her imaginative play cheers. Make a pile of four layers of tissue paper and fold the pile in half. Make long slits in the folded tissue paper every 1 inch, stopping at least an inch away from the folded edge. Help your child roll the fluffy layers around a wooden dowel and tape or glue the base in place. Repeat a few more times to make the pompom nice and fluffy, and then make one more for a matching pair. You can help your royal craftster make a cape from sheets of tissue paper. Just tape or glue some sheets together and use a length of ribbon to hold the cape in place. You can also make a matching royal crown for your queen from a band of tissue paper strips. Help your little fairy feel at home in her imaginary forest with a hair wreath that you make from tissue paper leaf cutouts and a piece of string or ribbon.
- Hands on Crafts for Kids: Crafting Together; Kathie Stull, et al.
- Paper Artist: Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear, or Share; Kara L. Laughlin, et al.
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