Mini Monets and Mommies: Make Mock Stained Glass with Tape and Glitter!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Make Mock Stained Glass with Tape and Glitter!

Combine a ‘coloring page’ and a mock stained glass art activity for kids into one pretty cool project. I’m all for coloring outside of the lines, and this takes it to a new level. Instead of the traditional print and fill pages, make your own with double-sided tape! It’s super-simple, so much fun and a tactile sensory activity that gets the kiddos creative.
Sensory project

I bought a roll of double-sided tape the other day. This turned in to glitter art, sand sensory activities and even a tissue paper collage. It’s less of a mess than glue is, but still perfect for process explorations. Initially, I wanted to use black glitter to create a faux stained glass painting (we had leftover black glitter from last Halloween). As it turns out, the black glitter leaked all over my ‘art basket’. So, that was out. Instead, I swapped in colorful glitter – but, you can use whatever shade you have on hand. The original idea was also to make each ‘color block’ its own shade (similar to a coloring page). I quickly realized that it was much more fun to try different finger paint techniques – and it all added to the sensory experience!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Card stock paper

·        Tempera paints

·        Double-sided tape

·        Glitter

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Create a design with the tape on the paper. Your child can outline the card stock, and then make a geometric pattern, abstract design or even a simple figure.

Kids' art

2.     Sprinkle the glitter onto the tape. Shake off the excess and save it for another art activity.
Kids' crafts

Sparkle art

3.     Pour the paint into pools. I like to use wax paper or kitchen foil instead of a pricey palette.
Tempera project

4.     Paint each section. Your child can go with solids, mix and blend or create points with the paint.
Stained glass

That’s it! One of the reasons why this kids’ art exploration is so simple is that you don’t need to wait between steps two and four. If you use glue and glitter you need to wait a few hours for everything to dry before your child can paint. With the double-sided tape option there’s no waiting!

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