J made a flower mobile for his grandma as a get well soon gift. It would be a great gift for any girl on any occasion really. I think it turned out really cute and J had a lot of fun creating it. He stuck with it until it was all finished!
What you need: Construction paper, contact paper, scissors, flower magazine, marker; you will also need a hangar, a hole punch, and string if you want to create the mobile
Prep Work: I cut out the borders for each flower, using different colored construction paper. I also cut out two equal sizes of clear contact paper, taping one to the work-table (sticky side up). The other piece of contact paper is saved to place on top after the flowers are completed.
During the activity: J placed the flower-borders onto the contact paper though he needed some help with the larger pieces since they can get tangled easily. He then searched through a flower magazine to find flowers to fill each border, matching the colors accordingly. I just had him tear the pictures out of the magazine rather than using scissors. We then worked together to tear the pictures into small pieces that he could stick inside the corresponding colored flower. After all of the flowers were filled, we added a message for grandma and J signed one of the flowers himself. I then placed the second sheet of contact paper on top. If we were creating a placemat, the activity would basically be done. Just trim the edges of the contact paper to make a more finished look. (My intention was to create a placemat, but I did not plan well. The flowers were so huge that the placemat covered half the table! So I improvised and decided this was going to become a mobile instead.)
For the mobile: I cut apart each flower and punched a hole into the top and bottom. I also cut small pieces of string to attach the flowers together. J helped thread the string through the holes and I tied the knots. We then tied it onto a hangar.
Age attempted: 3 years
These are beautiful! And a wonderful project for a 3 year old – I love contact paper – makes it very easy for them to work with and create masterpieces such as this. I’d love for you to link this up to It’s Playtime this week as well! (Just came over from your other blog)