I got this great idea from play create explore, a great blog with tons of ideas for little ones. First, Gigi and I went on a nature hunt and collected some leaves and flowers, etc. When we got home I put contact paper over a piece of wood and thought she would love sticking the leaves on the board. Yeah, she wasn’t into it at all. So later that day I set her up with a bunch of craft supplies, determined to make this activity a success. It looked like so much fun. The crafts were way more successful. I covered a tray in contact paper sticky side up. I duct taped the back so it would stay on the tray. I gave Gigi tons of supplies and just let her dump them and stick them all over the tray. It wasn’t a lengthy process but she did enjoy it.
Afterwards, I covered the sticky part with another piece of contact paper, cut a heart border from construction paper and glued it onto the contact paper. Then I just cut around it so it would take the shape of a heart. We hung it on the back door and she loves it! It looks really pretty through the window with the light coming in. But then came the real fun. While I sat admiring her artwork, Gigi discovered the glue stick and went to town. She must have worked with the glue stick on a piece of paper for twenty minutes straight. She loved it! Funny, what you think will be such a hit takes all this prep and all the kid wants is a glue stick. Well, good to know.