We seem to have a bit of an obsession with glue at our house.
Almost every morning Noah asks if he can do ‘gwuing’. It doesn’t matter what sort of glue we use, or what we stick with it, we just need to go some kind of ‘gwuing’ every day.
It’s lovely to see my smallest child getting lost in exploring and creating and getting ‘gwuey’, so I hatched a little plan to offer him something a little special and different to glue with. My plan was almost thwarted when I couldn’t find plain old paper confetti anywhere at our local shops. I could find metallic ‘confetti’ and heart shaped ‘table scatters’, and rice with glitter, but none of that good old fashioned coloured paper confetti.
Not one to be stopped by a little set back like that, I decided we could make our own confetti!
For the last week or so I have left out some strips of paper, a bowl, and a hole punch for Noah to play with. Using a hole punch is great for fine motor development and improving hand strength, plus it is fun! Whenever I had a few spare minutes here or there I would sit and punch a gazillion holes and dump the little circles of paper into the bowl. After a few days we had a bowl full of homemade confetti ready to use.
This morning I got out the confetti, a big sheet of thick paper and, of course, some glue!
We used PVA glue with a tiny bit of water added and an even tinier drop of food colouring. I tinted the glue ever so slightly pink so that Noah could easily see where he had painted the glue on the paper. You could also use a glue stick if you don’t have any PVA.
Noah painted his pinkish glue onto the paper, at first just making random patterns with the glue, but later painting and naming specific things such as a monster and a fish. Once the glue was on the paper he sprinkled it with the confetti.
Getting a pinch of confetti in your fingers and sprinkling it over the glue is another great way to work those small muscles in your hands, plus it is loads of fun!
Shake the excess confetti off the paper, back into the container and you are ready to make another collage.
And another one… until you run out of confetti!
After three confetti collage masterpieces we had run out of confetti! But luckily we had lots of holey strips of paper left over from our hole punching to glue. So Noah sat and glued and glued while I started making even more confetti so we can do this fun activity all over again!
If you like to get a little ‘gwuey’ too, then here are some more simple collage ideas…