Fun and Easy Construction Paper Projects
By Melissa Willets
, last updated February 4, 2011
Construction paper projects can be fun and easy alternatives to other after school activities and rainy day doldrums. Even on a shoestring budget, you can busy restless little ones with a few things you may already have in your home: Construction paper, scissors, a glue stick (less mess than regular glue) and crayons or markers.
Have your child create seasonal decor for your home. Pick a spot for him to decorate, like the closet door in the playroom, or a window in your den. This is your child's opportunity to be creative, so guide him as to the types of things he could create but let him go from there. For example, create construction paper wintertime mittens, scarves, snowmen and snowflakes. Afix to your designated spot with clear tape. Rotate the decor according to season. On deck: Valentine's Day hearts, St. Patrick's Day four leaf clovers, and springtime flowers, birds and umbrellas.
Cards for Relatives and Friends
Help your child fold construction paper into a card that he can decorate with crayons for grandma. For a younger child, ask him what he would like the card to say, and help him write his message. Use stickers, glitter, or any other art supplies you may have to add the finishing touches and mail them off to brighten some one's day.
Play Dress Up
Construction paper crowns and princess hats are easy to make. Simply measure your child's head circumference with a piece of paper, and mark your measurement. You can cut out the shape of a crown and then glue or tape the headpiece closed. A princess hat requires that you roll a simple cone shape and fasten. You can help your child create a wand for a little princess, even wings if she wishes to be a fairy princess. Little kings might need a cape, which you can achieve by gluing together several pieces of construction paper and then fastening around your child's neck with a loose piece of string drawn through pencil holes on each side of the cape, and tied in knots to secure.
Create pretend food out of construction paper and host an imaginary picnic for stuffed animals or dolls. Store the food in a plastic Ziploc bag for future fun. Perhaps teddy bear's birthday is today and you had better get to work on making a construction paper cake. You can help your child wrap gifts for teddy with the paper too. Do not forget to draw the bow! Why not have your child decorate construction paper place mats or place cards for each member of your family for dinner tonight?
Use construction paper to create puppets that come alive when glued to a Popsicle stick. If you do not have Popsicle sticks, improvise with an unsharpened pencil or a pen and affix using tape instead. Animal puppets are easy to draw even if you are not super artistic. Try a simple dog or cat, and rehearse for a mini-play as a surprise for when mommy or daddy gets home from work.