What you need to prepare for work
For an exciting journey into the world of creativity, you will need fairly ordinary items: multi-colored sheets of paper or cardboard, small scissors with rounded tips, a ruler, a pencil, and glue (stationery). You must be able to properly set up your child.
It will take a little patience and skill, but children’s colorful paper crafts will decorate the room with various cartoon characters, colorful plants, fairy-tale characters, birds and animals. You never know what a little creator might dream of.
Children really like everything bright and unusual. So any manufacturing process is interesting and mysterious. For the proposed option, you will need bright multi-colored paper with a corrugated base plus thick cardboard. A uniform heart shape is drawn on a thick sheet of paper. You can use a stencil 20×20 cm.
you need to cut it out and also cut out 2×2 cm squares from corrugated paper, coat small areas of the heart with glue. A square is glued to these places. You will need a toothpick to pry up the edges. This fills the entire surface.
Fairytale “golden fish”
A 4 year old can make his own paper goldfish craft. What do you need? Plastic round plate – rebate. Thick cardboard – two.
Next on the list there is everything: scissors, multi-colored sheets of paper, stationery glue, pencils, fish decorations. Subsequence:
- the resulting circle is cut off;
- cut out a smaller blue-black circle for the eye and glue it on.
- glue a cardboard circle and a triangle;
- draw a triangle inside another circle;
- cut it. This is the tail of the fish;
- the plastic plate is turned over onto cardboard and traced with a simple pencil;
- glue yellow paper and decorations on top;
Quick and easy. You can play with it or just admire it as a decoration.
Contour templates with accordion
Figures in the form of hedgehogs, fish and other figures cut out of colored paper must be partially folded without damaging the other part of the model.
From the same multi-colored blanks you can assemble an applique with additional background details. You will need markers to draw the animals’ eyes, mouth and nose. These same models, printed on a large scale, can serve as a guide for working with scissors.
Textured flowers and autumn leaves
An original project using colored napkins involves preparing thick paper sheets with a print of large leaves or inflorescences. At the first stage, balls are formed from luminous scraps.
Then the entire area of the figurine is coated with glue with a brush, and first the balls are glued along the contour, then the internal space is filled.
This light mosaic project develops cleanliness and perseverance.
Everyone will love this cute little piece. Be sure to choose bright and rich tones of paper. Multi-colored circles cut with scissors are glued onto a cardboard base. They should vary in size. The head is the largest circle. The tail is the smallest circle.
All elements are glued to cardboard using PVA. A black marker is ideal for the eyes and facial lines, and black paper is ideal for the hair and small horns.
Stripes in applications
Multi-colored strips, glued only along the edge, can become the lush fur of a clown or lion cub; you can create more complex compositions with them: a strip cut into small pieces will become a pair of petals turning into an inflorescence and they are located in a circle in the middle.
Such multi-colored application of identical elements can cover the entire background or most of it.
These relatively long, patterned paper crafts are suitable for 2nd and 3rd grades, when children are already familiar with glue and are quicker to choose color combinations.
Templates with binding
Contour images of large animals cut out of thick paper: bears, elephants, hippos can become an attribute of mastering the basics of weaving, starting from 6-7 years.
In this case, you can combine the texture of the paper with the patterns of watercolor painting.
An animal figurine cut out in silhouette is complemented by colored stripes and a sheet of paper with a pattern on the back. It needs to be folded in half and cut along the lines to form a base.
The paper strips are then passed through the slots in a checkerboard pattern. The resulting part must correspond to the shape of the figure’s body, it must be glued to the model, and the excess pieces of paper must be carefully trimmed. The animal’s clothes are ready.
Using the same principle, you can make samples in the form of large aquarium fish, in the design of which elongated strips with a triangle are cut out to form fins, then a bright tail is added from the same strips of colored paper.
Rings, loops and folds
A neat chain of paper strips is a craft that will captivate children.
For them, you can prepare material for a simple flower applique: the petals of the rings, which are fixed in the center, are covered with a round core, and all that remains is to add a stem with a leaf.
Projects can be intricate, creating spheres of stripes that can become lights on a wreath or act as busts for fun animals.
Working with fringe that is cut from a piece of construction paper can be tricky if you have your child first make a cylinder and then glue the strips together to make a hemisphere.
From such emptiness, complemented by triangular beaks and oval wings with folds, birds can be made. Lines collected from the dome and attached to the brim can become a masquerade hat.
Applications with a three-dimensional effect
Flat-cut cardboard figures are used to make double-sided souvenir toys or puppet theater characters.
At the first stage, the model is pasted over with identical parts of colored paper, children learn to carefully combine the layers along the contour, then the project is enriched with voluminous decorations: muzzles, paws, and belly are raised above the surface with the help of invisible pads, which are created by repeatedly folding a piece of paper of a suitable color .
The applications use the method of multi-layer folding and gluing models of regular geometric shapes – this is what spheres and pyramids look like in crafts.
Applications made from pieces of colored paper cut out or torn according to patterns are quite simple; even small children can make them. A drawing must be applied to the main sheet. In addition to ready-made templates, you can use children’s coloring books or create a sketch yourself.
The production of appliqué elements is carried out together with the child – small children happily tear the paper into pieces. If you already have skills with scissors, you can allow them to be cut.
Important detail: the smaller the baby, the larger the fragments should be.
Once you have chosen the right colors, you can start gluing. The glue is applied not to small parts, but to the model, piece by piece.
When working with children, this process is carried out by adults; older children apply the glue with a brush. When gluing pieces of paper, the child must accurately fall into the outline.
On the contrary – a type of applique. This technique is quite complex, but children 6-7 years old are quite capable of it, especially when they work together.
To master the front technique, teachers and parents are offered master classes on this topic.
Autumn themed applications
The bright colors of autumn allow you to create colorful images of autumn nature. For applications on this theme, both colored paper and natural materials are used: multi-colored leaves, petals of late flowers, seeds, spikelets, twigs and other objects.
When making autumn-themed applications from colored paper according to patterns and in a free composition, the main attributes are preserved: flowers, mushrooms, fruits, acorns, and tree silhouettes are cut out and painted. An obligatory component is autumn leaves.
When working with natural material, it is necessary to prepare it. The collected leaves must first be leveled and dried under pressure. If it is necessary to shape the leaf, use a fresh leaf, which is then dried.
For collages and mosaic pictures, you can prepare cardboard templates onto which the elements are glued.
Autumn nature is fertile ground for the flight of children’s imagination. Leaf applications inserted into a photo frame will decorate any interior.
Autumn lanterns will also make a spectacular decoration. To do this, cover the outside of a glass vase with multi-colored leaves (paper or natural), and place a small candle inside.
To create winter and, in particular, New Year’s applications, any of the described techniques is used, depending on the age of the children.
The most common type of winter applique – snowflakes – is a subtype of silhouette type applique. It is recommended to fold the sheet correctly, trim the edge and sharp corner, make cuts on plain paper – this is how the skill develops.
In addition, pendants made from such snowflakes decorate the room. Thin airy snowflakes can be glued to windows and other surfaces.
For small children, it is better to prepare templates (circles with an outline) and make a cut-out snowflake from the pieces. For flat, voluminous and multi-layered snowflakes, you need to prepare templates for cutting.
To make a traditional Christmas tree, children use triangles from green paper, a snowman is made from white circles, and a teacher or parent helps add details to the applique.
Older children can be advised to make a Christmas tree from paper strips or create an image of a winter forest using patterns from small pieces of paper or cotton wool.
A tree made of paper balls looks bright and voluminous. For this purpose, a pattern and elements are made from crepe paper. The main color is dark green; multi-colored balls are made for the garland.
After applying glue to the model, it is recommended to first place the garland, then fill the outline with “needles” and complete the applique with a star and base.
An interesting applique with images of winter accessories allows children to show their creative imagination.
The hat and gloves can be decorated with any ornaments, animal figures, winter images, beads or rhinestones.
Cotton wool is used to imitate fur.
You can make a handmade bear mask from a disposable plate. Holes are cut into the plate – eyes, the surface is covered with pieces of paper, and a disposable cup is used for the nose.
Senior preschoolers and elementary school students can create complex winter landscapes using mixed media under the guidance of adults.
Snowdrops and lilies of the valley, starlings and flowering trees – these signs of spring are traditionally used in children’s appliques made of patterned colored paper. Kids perform simple tasks, placing prepared objects along the contours. The images themselves can be complicated by adding images of spring nature.
More complex compositions – voluminous, multi-layered, with a large number of elements – are created by children who know how to work with glue, scissors, a brush and use different techniques.
Lilac in a grain pot, spring painting using drawing and appliqué techniques – these and many other ideas are offered by experts to parents and educators for developing activities with children.
Appliqué is a visual activity. Having achieved the desired result, the child experiences aesthetic pleasure, becoming part of the world of beauty, the world of art. An easy and affordable way for children to create works of art, appliqué is one of children’s favorite educational activities.