by Sara le Roux, Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District
So I reeaaally didn’t feel like getting the paint out today so I opted for a ‘mess-free’ activity for us to do. I love sticky backed plastic – it’s easy to prepare and it reminds me of ‘Blue Peter’ creations. I always enjoy watching my ‘Little Explorers’ using sticky backed plastic to make colourful creations in class. They look like stained glass windows – with a bit of extra sparkle thrown in!
What You’ll Need
- Sticky back plastic – very reasonably priced HERE and also available from many stationery stores
- Hole Punch – in case you want to create a hanging piece
- Strips of paper/card for the frame – any colour!
- Collage materials – anything you have in your stash! I’m using feathers, tissue paper (cut up), curling ribbon and also some rolls of ‘sequin cut-outs’.
I really have no clue what these ‘sequin cut-outs’ are actually supposed to be called so if you know please do message me. I got them from our local ‘Scrap-Store’ and they are made from the same material as sequins and actually look like a big roll of what would be left over after all the sequin shapes had been punched out of the roll – VERY WEIRD!
If you’ve never been to a Scrap Store then definitely look them up. The Scrap Stores are social enterprises focused on helping the environment by reusing waste materials from businesses as resources for art and play. You never know what you will find! These places are an absolute treasure trove for your collage box for things like cardboard tubes, egg trays, bubble wrap, cellophane, material and all sorts of lovely crafty bits and pieces. There are numerous stores across the country and we have a fab one near us in Leeds. They normally charge an annual membership (ours was £6) and then in some you either pay by the basketful, and others (like the one in Leeds) charge by the item – in quantities such as ‘a big handful for £1’ (take someone with you who has big hands!).
The sticky back plastic needs to be cut out to the size that you want (we used diamonds) and then peel the backing paper away. I decided to use a little piece of sellotape to secure it to the table after Boo tried to stick it to his face(!) and I had to explain a little bit about choosing colours and how ‘less is sometimes best’ after he began grabbing handfuls of tissue paper to stick down.
When he was done decorating, the second piece of book covering was placed on the top to trap everything inside and then we used strips of card (and tape) to create a frame around it. A few bits of ribbon tied onto it by Mummy and……..
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Activity Time 15 minutes
Ensure that any collage materials that you are using are age appropriate and safe to be used by children
Encourage safe scissor use – especially if you are letting your little one have a go
Ensure that any ribbons which are tied to your creation are not long enough to cause a safety concern
Day #7 DONE! 93 to go!
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