Making tissue paper heart collages in preschool

I have this wonderful stack of brightly colored tissue paper all saved up and perfect for making a colorful collage…

I set out a bunch of tissue paper hearts in a variety of sizes and colors along with the colorful Glue Paint that I shared how to make yesterday: See How to make Glue Paint here!  The children started by painting glue on their paper….

It didn’t matter which color of glue paint they used and how many different colors they used. Once they painted some glue on their paper, then they started adding tissue paper hearts on the glue paint…

Each child took their own approach to this, some children painted all of their paper then added the hearts and others painted a little area, added a heart and then painted some more…

The children learned that if a tissue paper heart tore to just put another one on top of it and add more glue paint.  The tissue paper hearts can be layered one on top of the other by using the glue paint as needed to hold the tissue paper in place…

And no need to worry about wrinkles either – the glue paint added on top of the tissue paper hearts will smooth out the hearts leaving a wonderful design of hearts on the paper….

In other words – add glue paint, hearts, more glue paint, more hearts, more glue paint on top!

If you have excess glue – just add more hearts to soak it all up or set it all aside and the glue will soon dry…

Once the children completed their glue painted heart collages, we encouraged them to add their own names to the paper then set them aside to dry…

The glue paint dries very quickly and results in hearts that are very stiff to the touch…

I think if you try this on wax paper – it just might work as well and then you would have a beautiful heart suncatcher!  I wish I would have thought of that sooner)…


Linking this post up to…

Mon to 2 Posh Lil Divas: Sunday Showcase – Valentine’s Edition!

Mama Mia’s Heart 2 Hearts Sharing Saturday

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up and I Can Teach My Child

By |2012-02-11T11:20:55+00:00February 11th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jen February 11, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    We did this on wax paper. It does make a beautiful sun catcher! We also cut a big heart out of sheet of construction paper and used the “scraps” as a frame for out sun catchers.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

      I am going to have to give that a try next week for sure Jen!

  2. Lorie February 11, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Looks like just enough mess to be lots of fun! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Haha – yes indeed!

  3. Yolanda Wells February 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Did you cut the hearts out or did you buy some already in the heart shape?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      I cut them out – I just folded the tissue paper into squares and cut out about 10 or more at a time:)

  4. stephanie a. February 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    there’s something about seeing the children’s handwritten names on art that gives it a touch of something special… these are very sweet, thanks for posting Deborah.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      I agree – I love seeing their own printed names on the artwork!!

  5. Jennifer February 16, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I think I am going to try this on wax paper in the shape of a kite with tissue paper squares for Spring! 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

  6. MiaB February 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Love it!! so simple and little ones I’m sure enjoyed this 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. hope to see you again this week.


  7. Sadie January 22, 2017 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Love this! I will probably use do it with waxed paper as a Valentines gift for families. Thank you 🙂

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