Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Toddler Activities: Contact Paper Art

By Tiffany Rudd

This easy, no mess art project has been a favorite in our house since Cameron was a toddler. I can’t take credit for it though. For Cameron’s 1st Birthday his Aunt Deborah gave him a kit full of fun craft activities and this was one of them. She always gives the best/most creative gifts. Darn oldest children are always the best at everything. Don’t worry Deb, I love you anyway. :)
The only thing you need to purchase for this project is a roll of contact paper. On Discount School Supply it is called Con-Tact Cover. You can order it there for $3.29 for a  9ft roll or I’m sure you could find it at a craft supply store or even Walmart. A roll of this stuff lasts a good long time so I haven’t bought any for a while.  
Once you have your contact paper, all you need to do is gather a bowl/baggie of “stuff.” Really, it can be just about anything. Feathers, sequins, scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon, or pictures cut out of a magazine. We’ve even done nature themed projects where we gathered grass, flowers, and leaves. Enlist your child to help you find fun little items. You can use anything that is small and thin enough to stick between two pieces of contact paper. 
Then, peel the backing off the contact paper and tape it to a wall or cupboard at a height your child can reach. Just make sure you tape it with the sticky side facing out. :)
Your toddler will love choosing items to stick to this fun art paper! And, you’ll love that when the project is finished, covering it with a 2nd piece of contact paper means it will last forever. We’ve even added a paper frame for a fun grandma gift.  

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3 comments:

  1. What a fun idea!

    I'd love it if you'd link up to my Teaching Time for Toddlers post.

    http://philwife.blogspot.com/2012/05/teaching-time-for-toddlers-play-doh.html

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  2. I've had a roll of contact paper lying around for just this purpose! Thanks for reminding me about it. We're getting it out now for sure! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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