This activity has bags of learning potential and is great fun. You can create a collage with any age toddler, using any number of materials from around the house from cotton wool to bottle tops and pop sticks. Today we are exploring paper and card.
For this activity you will need:
Sticky back plastic,
Scrap paper/ card e.g old birthday cards and sweet wrappers,
Optional extras are paper crimpers and shape cutters.
My two little munchkins set about cutting and crimping paper and card developing their hand strength and fine motor skills.
The fruits of their labour get stuck to their sticky window. Will (4) puts stars in a row counting them and Poppy (2) places objects randomly.
Things progress to outside and some flowers from the garden are added by Poppy and Will uses a glue stick to add more layers to the collage.
It’s lovely to have the light come through the collage and have the backdrop of the garden. The best thing about this collage is it can be changed about and worked on all day! 🙂
Here is a slightly off the wall, educational, toddler and Pre-school activity. We made prints while learning a bit about fish. My toddlers and I made these lovely detailed prints by dabbing our fish with ink pad sponges.
We pressed our paper on to the fish and pealed it back to produce our rainbow fish prints.
My two found the fish very interesting. They were surprised by how sharp it’s teeth were!
We got our inspiration from this picture we found on the web.
This is great fun and a nice progression from our Brush Robots!
Small motors are cheap at any electrical store as are the battery casings. I got mine from Maplins. Adding a plastic bottle top off centre causes the vibration. These can be easily and painlessly stopped with a finger while in motion. Here is a little video of one in action.
We’ve tried taping ours to margarine tub lids, paper cups, sponges and so on, observing each object glide across the floor. I was inspired to add the coloured pens to make three and four legged bots by this post from Science Buddies! I had to make adjustments to make it safe and accessible to 1-3 year olds. Thank You Science Buddies! It was great fun!
My favourite thing, Science and Art combined!
Battery casing with wires
Plastic cup or lunch box
Science for toddlers!
I loved making these peg people angels / fairies out of scrap and felt. I also loved watching the children play with them.
They are very simple to make! Cut out a dress shape in felt or scrap fabric. Tie on using wool or ribbon crossing over the chest and knot at the back, where you can knot some scrap organza or ribbon as wings. The idea is to use no glue. Finally draw on your face and hair.
Next I made a fairy garden play box for them, using sand as the main medium.
They are super little sensory toys and with all the places to peg them in the box, they are a great fine motor skill activity too!
Creative messy play toddler classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Cheltenham.