Using wax paper and tissue paper, preschoolers can make colourful “stained glass” Christmas shapes to decorate a window for the holidays. This easy process is a preschool-friendly version of the traditional tissue paper stained glass process that older kids love.
Did you see the tissue paper and stained glass stars we made the other day? You probably remember doing something similar when you were a kid in school.
The process to make them is lovely process but it’s quite fiddly and delicate, and is definitely best-suited for older kids with advanced fine-motor skills.
I wanted to come up with a way for toddlers and preschoolers to do it, but I knew I had to take care of the “fiddly and delicate” part. I figured if the kids could stick their tissue paper to something solid that let the light shine through, it would work.
The first thing that came to mind was sticky contact paper, but I didn’t have any of that, so I wracked my brain for a few minutes, and came up with wax paper.
Wax paper is translucent enough that it will let the sunlight shine through the tissue paper AND the kids can glue their tissue paper right to the wax paper and it’s tough enough to protect the delicate tissue paper.
The kids just glue their tissue paper to the wax paper and then glue their shaped outline over top of it, cut the whole thing out, and voila…
You have a gorgeous tissue paper stained glass shape to hang on your Christmas tree or in a window.
Wouldn’t it be pretty to decorate an entire window in your home or classroom with these colourful, festive shapes for Christmas?
You can see how we made them and get the step-by-step instructions over at CBC Parents.
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