No Fuss - No Mess - No Excuse! What a great idea – keep the best part of a classic classroom art project and get rid of the messy part. The artist must still crunch up the small tissue paper squares into balls of color but instead of worrying about too little or too much glue, they now just push them down onto the self stick pattern card. 6 picture boards and 800 tissue paper squares included. So now there is no excuse not to do this fun, fast and fabulous activity!
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10 Things to do with Tissue Paper:
There are so many things to do with a simple pack of tissue paper. Whether you recycle it from a gift or buy a pack at the dollar store, here are some fun activities to do at home, school, in group or individually!
1. Tissue Paper Races: Grab a straw or two, rip some pieces of tissue paper and crumple into a ball. Place them on the floor, have your child lay on the floor and blow tissue paper across the finish line. Start with the finish line close, then increase distance to required greater and more forceful blowing. Or do on hands and knees and make the finish line across the room for some upper extremity weight bearing.
2. Tissue Paper Masterpiece: Rip, tear and crumple! Create a masterpiece. Have a coloring sheet or shape outlined, add some glue and place the crumpled tissue paper on top. Smaller pieces of paper and "one-hand only" crumpling works those in-hand manipulation skills. To make this part of a group sensory motor obstacle course- have the student place a piece of tissue paper on a group picture, each time they finish an obstacle.
3. Tissue Paper Art in a Bottle: We do sand art, why not tissue paper art? Using a clean, dry, empty water bottle, crumple pieces of tissue paper and fill the bottle! Make layers of colors, or mix and mingle. Practice using a pincer grasp, or try a tool to pick up small balls and place in the bottle. Add small, lightweight "treasures" that you can visually search for when complete. Close the cap tightly when full and seal with hot glue if desired.
4. Abstract Tie Dye Fun: Tissue paper art: Darker colored tissue paper will work better with this project. Cut small squares of tissue paper and lay on watercolor paper. With a spray bottle, spray water on the tissue paper. The tissue paper color will run and tie dye the water color.
5. Tissue Paper Pendant: Cut tissue paper into large pieces and soak in warm water for several minutes. Take several pieces out of water and squeeze water out, then push into ice cube tray. Continue to do this until your tray is filled. When finished, turn tray over and push out the shape. Let your shape dry for 1-2 days. Paint with Mod Podge when dry!
6. Tissue Paper Window Art: Tape a piece of contact paper on the window, sticky side toward you. Cut pieces of tissue paper and press to the contact paper. Your children won't even realize they are strengthening their shoulders and upper body while doing this!
7. Ribbon Sticks: Tape a long length to a stick and make your own ribbon sticks/streamer.
8. Juggling: take advantage of the light texture of tissue paper and that it will "float" on air. Practice tossing with one hand, catching with other. Then toss one with the right hand, toss one with left- then catch left, catch right.
9. "Keep it up, Keep it Whole-No hands Allowed": Toss a sheet high in the air and see how long you can keep it from hitting the floor. Tap with different body parts, even blow, but don't touch with your hands or tear it. Try this in pairs or small groups too - add rules like alternate turns or stay on a spot.
10. Tell us what you like to do: You must be inspired to try one of these activities or have an idea of your own. Share it! Email us or post it on our facebook page!
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