Collect an assortment of shells. (Find shells on the beach or purchase
them inexpensively at craft stores.) Let your child glue the shells
to a small cardboard square. Show your child how to hold the shells
in place for a count of ten to make sure they stay put.
Tissue Paper Art
Have your child tear colorful tissue paper into small pieces. Help
your child brush diluted glue (2 parts glue to 1 part water) on the
sides of a clear-plastic cup. Let your child arrange the tissue paper
pieces all over the cup. Brush on a final coat of glue, and allow
the cup to dry completely. Poke a small hole in the bottom of the
cup and attach a length of yarn. Hang the cup where the sun can shine
| Sand Art
Give your child a sheet of heavy paper or cardboard, a dish
of sand, and a small bottle of glue. Let your child squeeze
the glue all over the paper, making designs. While the glue
is still wet, have your child sprinkle sand all over the glue.
Shake off the excess sand. Let your child add more glue designs
as desired. When the glue has dried, encourage your child to
explore the textures of his or her 3-dimensional artwork.
Collect a variety of small pieces of wood. Set out the wood
scraps and a bottle of wood glue. Let your child glue the pieces
of wood together to create a picture, a sculpture, or whatever
type of creation he or she would like.