Though my kids get a lot of freetime to choose their own creative play each day, I’m also a fan of keeping them constructively and creatively busy (which is not to be confused with assigning “busy work.”). And if my three-year-old doesn’t have something supervised to do, she’ll often mimic the big kids by creating her own “homework” or “art projects.” Like practicing her newly learned scissor skills on anything she can hack those dull child-size blades through–such as paper, hair, baby sister’s shirt, etc.
This project keeps her busy (allowing me to sneak in a few minutes of my own creative play, or help the big kids with homework), and also helps develop the fine motor skills.
- Colored Paper
- Kid-size scissors
- Glue stick
- Print-outs of simple shapes (such as the leaf example shown)
To create this exact fall leaf collage project, please visit my contributing post at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to download the printable leaf templates.
Creating a Cut-and-Paste Fall Leaf Collage
First, I gave Lydia a scrap of colored paper with the instructions to “cut away!” (keeping the pieces on the table). When she’d cut to her heart’s content, we gathered the cut pieces and saved them in a plastic bag for another day.
The next time I needed a project for her to work on, I gave her a glue stick and some print-outs of simple leaf shapes.
I showed her how to glue the scraps she’d previously cut inside the leaf outlines by “covering all the white spaces” and “trying to stay in the lines.”
The project is simple, but a good way for preschoolers to practice their cutting and gluing in a creative and constructive way. She was quite proud of her final results and they look so festive hanging on the fridge.
What are some “constructive” ways you keep your younger kids busy?
To recreate this fun cut-and-paste fall leaf collage project, download these printable leaf templates at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.