Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together. – Vesta M. Kelly
Are you looking for a fun way to recycle your left-over tissue paper snowflakes? We took our window decorations down and glued the snowflakes onto paper which turned out to be a wonderful, open-ended art activity as well as a good introduction to layering with various materials.
- Precut tissue paper snowflakes (we showed the older children how to fold their own snowflakes and let them experiment with cutting while we also had some easy, pre-folded tissue paper snowflakes ready for cutting with both scissors and paper craft punches)
- Collage Materials sorted in small containers or bowls (glitter, foam shapes, pompoms, tissue paper shapes, scrap construction paper)
- Mat board (or any other sturdy paper)
- Modge Podge (or watered down school glue)
- Foam Brushes
- Painter’s tape
Step 1: Collage
Place the tissue paper snowflakes, mat board, a foam brush and a small container of Modge Podge on the table for each child. When working with a big group discuss some sharing techniques first: How can you ask your friend nicely for the materials? What can you say if you are still using that glitter? Is it ok to take all the materials etc.? Apply a layer of Modge Podge, pick one snowflake at a time and press it down into the glue. Notice the beautiful color layering. Apply another layer of Modge Podge. Set out the glitter and the other containers of sorted collage materials. Invite the children to pick more materials to add to their collage. Remind them to apply glue before adding any shapes. Seal everything with a final layer of Modge Podge.
Step 2: Attach a hanger
Let dry. Invite the children to add beads to a pipe cleaner to use as a hanger. Tape the hanger on the back of the mat board.