Contact paper and cardboard boxes – what could be more fun? This art activity is really simple but very entertaining.
Two of my daycare kids spent at least four hours in one day working on this project. The kitchen floor was covered in scraps, but clean up was easy once we were done.
All you need is a small cardboard box for each child, safety scissors and a roll of contact paper. You may want to precut the contact paper for toddlers who are too young to use scissors effectively.
Enjoy the process and don’t worry about the end product. Toddlers may simply want to explore the sticky paper, pressing it onto the box and removing it. Preschoolers may be interested in cutting out shapes.
My daycare kids enjoyed cutting along the guidelines on the back of the paper. Making patterns could also be fun. I plan to offer this activity again with multiple colors of contact paper.
In the end, our boxes were filled with special notes and treasures. Then they were taped up, tied with ribbon and given as gifts.