Holiday greeting cards let your child express his holiday cheer and have fun crafting! Explore the concept of the line with your child. While the basic line is the ultimate in simplicity, it is also the essence of beautiful and complex art. This very special holiday greeting cards activity will help your child explore art concepts, write letters and numbers, and improve her fine motor skills as she creates dazzling objects with simple glue and glitter lines. No matter what holiday they celebrate, your child will enjoy treating friends and family to a sparkly surprise greeting made uniquely by her! Choose an abstract design using holiday colors, or pick from one of the design ideas suggested below. Make a set of holiday greeting cards with your kid this holiday season.
What You Do:
- Decide on a concept or design idea with your child. Sample ideas include: holiday color swirled lines, Christmas tree, “Happy Holidays!” word greeting, or a square present with a bow.
- Ask your child to "draw" her design of choice using glue lines. If she wishes, she can draw the design first using light pencil lines, and then glue on top of the lines. Explain that it will probably be easiest to create glue lines that will be the same color glitter at a time. For example, if she is designing a Christmas tree, have her try drawing straight lines that form a rectangle for the trunk base first (then go to step 3). Next, have her draw zigzag lines for the top of the tree.
- Ask your child to sprinkle glitter over the glue lines.
- Gently tap any excess glitter onto a piece of paper. Reuse the extra glitter for other parts of the design, or for her next card creation.
- Set the card aside to dry.
Encourage your child to give the card to someone special! This homemade greeting card is sure to brighten up anyone's holiday season.
Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.