Encourage your child to be creative in making her own artwork.

What You Need:

• Paper
• A glue stick or bottle of white glue (such as Elmer’s Glue ®*)
• Odds and ends such as buttons, cotton balls, clothes pins, rubber bands, or paper clips

What To Do:

1. Put the odds and ends into a small box.
2. Let your child pick whatever she wants.
3. After showing her how to use the glue, let her glue the items wherever she wants onto a sheet of paper. She may need your help using bottled glue.
4. Ask her to tell you about her picture.
5. Let her artwork dry. Then, use a magnet to put it on the refrigerator to admire.

Ask her to find items that are alike and glue them next to each other. Then, ask her to glue together items that are different. Ask her why some items are similar or different. Her reasons may surprise you.

Safety Alert: Stay with your toddler while she is doing this activity. Remind her not to put small objects into her mouth. Items that are small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube can cause choking if swallowed. Check the size of items from safety before you let your child play with them. If she still puts things in her mouth, substitute larger objects such as scraps of fabric or cut-out pictures.
*Use of brand names is for informational purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the Center on the Family.