This open-ended and process-oriented project was a huge hit with my older two. I mixed up equal parts of white glue and water and gave each child a piece of aluminum foil and lots of cut-up tissue paper. The kids spread the glue all over the foil (shiny side up!) and stuck on the tissue paper. They covered the first layer with more glue and added more tissue paper. Sir I. really got into the layering; he must have created four or five of them. Miss M. skipped ahead to the last step, which was to sprinkle glitter and sequins (and other shiny things) on the last layer of glue.
I love how, even using the same process, the kids’ projects turned out so different and beautiful. I can see this technique being used for other crafts. Foil-and-tissue birds, with feathers glued on the last layer. Fish with sequins for scales. Butterflies. Pretty wrapping paper.
I couldn’t resist the lure of shiny things and made one, too. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it was also glittery and colorful.