My kids feel empowered when they are able to cut, paste and glue things by themselves without my assistance. I feel peaceful when all of my kids are busy doing something and I can enjoy five minutes of quiet time. This simple daisy aplique fulfilled both of these goals: the toddlers were sponge-painting and the preschooler was cutting, applying glue and putting our daisy together. Through this project, they learned cutting, pasting, scissor skills, fine motor skills, creative vision and above all, cooperation.
You need: Blue and green paints, brush, wet sponge, paper plate, 2 sheets of white paper, yellow paper, glue, scissors.
Give your child a wet sponge, some green color, squeezed onto a paper plate and a sheet of white paper. Allow the child to stamp the paper with the sponge. Let this work of art dry.
Give your child a pair of toddler-safe scissors and ask them to cut 6 white petals and one yellow circle. Ask your child to glue the petals around the circle onto the green painted paper.
Ask the child to dip the paintbrush in blue and shake it over their aplique, creating fun special effects. You can also show them some Jackon Pollack’s work to demonstrate how the artist used the technique of gradually pouring paint onto canvas.