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Art with the Littles, Vol. 3: Placemats

When stuck indoors with two busy, busy children, it can be challenging to come up with new activities that last longer than 5 minutes. This activity can be modified to be simpler or more complex depending on your child’s age, how you want to display it, and how long you want it to survive be displayed.

Supplies needed:

  • clear contact paper
  • different colored squares of tissue paper
  • different colored sheets of construction paper
  • scissors
  • clear (Scotch) tape
  • window (sunny day is a bonus)
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First, I cut squares from a multipack of colored tissue paper and placed them in a bowl—which was toppled over multiple times with the paper squares splayed across the floor.

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Second, I cut the contact paper to be 24 inches (about 60 cm) long. I carefully peeled the backing off the contact paper and hung the nonsticky side on the window with the sticky side facing me and the girls. Then, I started putting the squares up on the sticky side of the clear contact paper and smoothing it down. One of my girls liked to ball up the tissue squares first and then place them. I tried to smooth some of the tissue squares out, but I didn’t want to intrude on her “artistic license.”

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I cut out the first letter of their name from the tissue paper and placed it backwards on the clear contact paper so it would show the correct way from the other side. At this point, if you just wanted to make something to hang in the window, you could place another layer of the clear contact paper over it to seal it and tape it to the window or you could just turn it around and place it directly on the window.

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To complete the placemats, I placed the sticky side of the tissue/contact paper creation on top of two different colored pieces of construction paper, but you could let your child choose what color(s) they want. Then, I let my girls stomp on the back side of the construction paper to help the contact paper adhere and folded the contact paper that hung over the sides to the back. Finally, I put another piece of clear contact paper on the back of the construction paper to help seal it up.

I don’t expect these to stick around too long before taking a trip to the garbage in the near future. However, the girls seemed to really enjoy making these (for at least 10 minutes) and I am sure they would enjoy making a replacement set soon.

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