Note - the steps listed assume you're doing the project with a toddler. For an older child (e.g. 4-5+ years), you can adjust the steps so that they're more hands-on - e.g., encouraging a child to cut out their own images, write their own name/message, etc.
Christmas Card Collage
- 15-20 old Christmas cards with different images/designs
- Large piece of paper (we used a 12"x18" sheet of finger paint paper)
- Glue stick
- Christmas stickers to decorate smaller areas (optional)
- Non-toxic, washable markers and/or sticky letters
- Lay out materials on a flat surface
- Ask your child to choose a card image they'd like to include next. Cut out the image.
- Have your child assist in gluing the back of the image, and allow them to paste it wherever they want on the collage.
- Repeat steps 2-3 until all large, blank areas of the paper are filled with images. Ask your child about each image as it's added. (What/who it is, colours, what they like about it, etc.)
- If you're using stickers as well, allow your child to add some of these to jazz things up further.
- Add a holiday message and your child's name using the markers and/or sticky letters. Allow your child to add some free form details with the markers if they want.
- Voila! Encourage your child to show off their work of art to friends and family!
Our completed collage!
Comparing her own candy cane to mouse's candy cane on her picture!
So tell me... what do you do with your old Christmas cards? Can you recommend other fun holiday art projects that are toddler-friendly?