With all of wonderful and vibrant colors of fall, I can’t help but offer my preschool toddler class a little fall process art.
This art project is pretty basic and simple, but that’s exactly what toddlers love! It allows those young hands to get messy because the focus is on doing the art, rather than the end product. In this case, however, the end product is something my toddler class was very proud of.
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The Set Up
Because this project was designed with my toddler class in mind, which is made up of two year olds and young threes, I cut the tissue paper in advance. Some pieces were deliberately cut long, while others were short. I followed the same for the yarn.
Place the tissue paper on a plate or tray, and the yarn on a separate plate. Giver your toddler a sheet of heavy paper, like card stock, and a paintbrush. Pour some liquid glue into a shallow bowl. In this activity, the toddlers painted the glue onto their paper, rather than squeezing it from a bottle.
Fall Process Art Activity
Tissue paper is one of my favorite art materials because it is so versatile and beautiful. It is also very flimsy and easy to tear. For these reasons I had my toddler class paint the glue onto their papers, rather than squeeze it or use a glue stick. Painting it onto the paper meant for more coverage.
First I offered my preschoolers the tissue paper. Because of the nature of such a thin paper, it created a wonderful texture in their art. Some of the tissue got crumpled and torn, which just added to the pieces.
Then we added the yarn.
Some toddler preschoolers were very deliberate and meticulous about how they added the yarn. The older children tended to place the yarn in lines across their paper, one student even arranged the yarn pieces from largest to smallest.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction