My one-year-old son is as in love with the moon as ever, and when we go for a walk at night, he calls for it, “Moon! Moonie!” In an attempt to fulfil his request, we have created yet another moon. The first one was a magnetic moon last week, and this time it was a button moon collage.

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage || Simple craft for toddlers and preschoolers who are starting to study astronomy

What will you need for this project?

Materials

  • card stock paper: black or blue
  • transparent packing tape
  • many buttons and beads (white, creamy, golden, yellow, mint, light-blue, etc)

Tutorial

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage

1. Download the the template and transfer the design onto the black card stock paper with a pencil. Make your own design with children if they are up for it! Then cut the moon and star shapes out with a hobby knife and scissors.

2. Apply strips of tape to the back of the paper so that their sticky surface is exposed in the cutouts.

3. Collect buttons and beads in a bowl. Get buttons of various shapes and shades.

4. Setup an invitation to play!

Beads and buttons will adhere to the sticky surface, defining the moon silhouette, and the children’s fingers will get a fine motor skill workout. Budster had a great time playing with the shiny buttons, and his spontaneous arrangement made for an effective result.

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage || Simple craft for toddlers and preschoolers who are starting to study astronomy

Children learn best from hands-on experiments. While during the first art projects, their choices of colours seem purely impulsive, but as they get more experience they develop an understanding of materials and colour combinations. A few months ago, Budster did not know what to make of stickers and scotch tape, but he has played with them enough now to know how sticky surfaces work. Buttons were on hand, as was plenty of encouragement!

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage

My son was very happy with the collage when it was done: he got his precious moon! As for me, I got a picture to frame and put on the wall of our crafts room. It will always remind me of how in the summer after turning one my little boy was in love with the moon.

What are your children interested in at the moment?

Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage || Simple craft for toddlers and preschoolers who are starting to study astronomy

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Reaching for the Moon: Make a Button Collage || Simple craft for toddlers and preschoolers who are starting to study astronomy