Colored construction paper! This is affordable almost anywhere you get it and it usually comes in a rainbow of colors.
I match the kids' artwork (from simple scribbles to masterpieces) with a coordinating sheet of construction paper and mount it in a variety of ways. Sometimes, I just cut the construction paper in a square with just enough bordering the picture to make a frame. Other times I use decorative scissors to make a unique frame in one color and glue this to a square construction paper in another color. You can also use color themes like black and white, earth tones, pastels, and so on.
For a fun craft for my four-year old daughter, I traced her hand, then cut out lots of copies from construction paper. Then I had her glue them to a round circle (cut from an old cereal box) to make an adorable hand-wreath. It was so cute and will be so neat to look at when she gets older to see how small her hand use to be.
Enjoy coming up with creative ways to use this affordable paper in your home!
You can also use construction paper to make Christmas tree garlands or streamers to use as decorations at a party. Just cut the paper into strips and tape them together to make a chain.
Do you have any craft ideas using construction paper? Post them below!
I started a tradition with my DD when she was 3yrs old. Every Dec 1st we make our "countdown to Christmas" chain and put on our tree. I cut out 25 strips, glue together in rings, and every morning she tears off 1 ring and counts how many are left till Christmas. She is 6yrs old now, and she reminds me every year we have to make this, lol. It has helped her learn how to count and subtract. After she counts the ones left, I will say, "we had 23, took away 1, so 23-1 equals..." and she answers.
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