Does your child like to decimate beautiful rectangles of construction paper into oblivion? Of course they do! And then what do you do with all those paper scraps when the fun is done?
Recycle them? Pitch them? Put them back in the paper sorter?
After a marathon crown-making session, this is what remained after my kids dissected our construction paper into a gazillion pieces.
And do you know what happens to this paper? Will my kids ever want to use the scraps again? If I don’t touch it, not a chance.
I first noticed this phenomena when I was teaching.
Children don’t like to use broken crayons as much as they won’t get near a pre-used piece of construction paper.
Every child I know likes to cut right from the middle of a brand new sheet of paper. Have you ever noticed this? And who can blame them? The untouched rectangle is the perfect medium to hit with a good dose of imagination.
So what’s one to do?
Maybe you know this trick? It’s so simple, I’m sure you do…
You’ve chopped up a big batch of new, mini rectangles that are just as appealing as the first big one.
Do you have a favorite art tip?
I’m thinking about starting a new series of posts called Art Tips! Is this something that you’d like to see here? Little tips and tricks that will help you save money on art supplies, DIY art recipes, and tricks for making things come together.
Will you let me know what you think about this? And…if you have a favorite piece of artsy advice, I would LOVE to hear about it (and maybe I’ll feature it in an upcoming art tip!).