Brightly colored tissue paper found here, cut into pieces about 1 to 2 inches in size. It takes about 60 pieces to completely fill a 9 by 13 inch piece of construction paper. Adults, you can cut several layers of tissue into squares in advance. Or, 3's and 4's may enjoy helping you tear the tissue into pieces. Note that square-shapes are ideal, but any shape or scraps will do. The key is that the pieces are small enough for your preschooler to crumple with their fingers. We don’t recommend using heavier paper, such as construction or wrapping paper, because it’s too difficult for smaller fingers to crunch.
Small, washable bowl or 9-inch paper plate like this to hold glue. We find it’s easiest to pour out a small amount of glue into a container, then dip the pieces into the glue, versus dabbing a dot from a bottle on to each piece.
Skilly Spark: Look at all these small pieces of tissue. So many different colors, right? Can you tell me what colors you see? Watch how I can crumple them between my fingers. Now you try crumpling some, too. Then, we can use these crinkly, wrinkly pieces to make designs. Let’s see what we can create!
Gather your flat, tissue paper pieces into the center of your work area.
Adults, pick up one of the pieces, crumple it, and dip the bottom of the crumpled tissue piece into your glue. Then, press a piece down onto the construction paper, one at a time. Do this a few more times to be sure your little one sees how to do it.
Now it’s time for your preschool artist to do the same. Give your little one a piece of construction paper. You may find that 2-year-olds enjoy the crumpling by itself and may not be interested in pasting the pieces onto the paper. This is perfectly fine, you can save them for later!
Your preschooler may choose to glue the pieces close together to make a solid area or anywhere on the paper in a random pattern. It’s their choice!
Continue crumpling, gluing and pasting until the design is complete or your little one loses interest.
Keep the fun going
What season is it? Choose colors that reflect the current season and the changes you can see.