Skip to main content

Wisconsin Parent

Cold Weather Craft Idea: Rip Art

Nov 10, 2014 09:00AM, Published by Brooke McGee, Categories:



With school in full session and the days growing shorter, the time that our youngsters are spending indoors is increasing almost as quickly as the summer sunlight is fading. With all these extra indoor hours, we as parents have some important choices to make. How will I have my child spend their time?

Living in the electronic era that we’re in, naturally TV, iPad, and laptop time is going to come into play. But for those of us who want to discourage the video games and encourage some stimulating activity, choices can seem slim when you’re trying to stay within the family budget.

Hello arts and crafts.

Save your money for the mortgage or groceries. With a creative mind you do not need to stock your home with acrylic paint, drawing pads, and more. Everyday items and a little Elmer’s glue is the key to an endless variety of projects. The best part? This non-toxic, washable glue allows your children to safely create without you having to hover over their shoulder. You are definitely going to have to pick up scraps and vacuum afterwards, but the clean-up is a breeze compared to the amount of time it entertains the kids!

Rip art is fantastically fun, and easy, for children of all ages. (Adults too!) Without even having to supervise scissors use, rip art can provide a vast amount of entertainment and creativity. So, what exactly is rip art? Trust me when I say this — your kids will love it. All you need is a little paper and a whole lot of ideas.

IMG_1386

Spare magazines? Newspapers? Scraps of craft paper? Perfect. With rip art, the discarded becomes the latest design. Magazines are great to rip out a picture of —well, anything! Whether it’s kittens, dinosaurs or comic strips characters that represent friends and family, the possibilities are endless. As for the single-color craft paper? Great backgrounds or great as a rip art masterpiece all on its own! See the fall trees we made courtesy of Portage Community School District.

Whether you have kids at home or are planning ahead for your upcoming family gatherings, why not take a few minutes to set up a box of rip-able paper? If your children are a little more difficult to get in the creative zone, a free, printable Crayola coloring book page can be easily turned into a rip art masterpiece like the turkey pictured here:

IMG_1382

Tip: although this is a very independent activity (yea!), too much glue can make the picture a little “bubbly,” so if you are allowing someone with a strong grip or a young child go at it, you might want to stick to the glue stick. Taking a wet wipe or slightly damp cloth can help remove excess glue, I recommend parental help with that part though! Here we have some creative artists at the John Muir School in Portage, WI:

photo 3




project crafts kids paper art craft ideas elmers glue homeschool rip art


  • Mom's Unite Morning Meet Up

    07/26/2017
    08:30AM — 09:30AM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Native Prairie Plants and Seed Bombs

    07/26/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Learn about native Wisconsin prairie plants from Elizabeth Herzmann, WI Department of Natural Re...


  • Kids From Wisconsin

    07/26/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    The Kids from Wisconsin are back at the Schauer for their 49th show season! Sit back, buckle up, ...


  • Junior Archaeologists Day Camp

    07/27/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Uncover Wisconsin’s ancient history! We will see artifacts thousands of years old and make some a...


  • Adventure Kids

    07/27/2017
    09:30AM — 11:00AM

    Drop the kiddos off to a morning of ADVENTURE! Adventure Kids includes Adventure, Crafts and Play...


  • Mom's Unite Active Play Meet Up

    07/27/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Brandon Beebe at Old Hickory Golf Club

    07/27/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join us for a relaxing evening on the "Maple Terrace" @ Old Hickory Golf Club. The most beautiful...


  • Bike Night at the Library

    07/27/2017
    06:00PM — 07:30PM

    Ride your bike to the library to see a Beaver Dam Police Department Bicycle up close, enter to wi...


  • Art and Chalk Fest 2017

    07/29/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Art and Chalk Fest 2017 Museum of Wisconsin Art Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, 2017 | 10:...


  • Art and Chalk Fest 2017

    07/30/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Art and Chalk Fest 2017 Museum of Wisconsin Art Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, 2017 | 10:...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.


Special Thanks to These Relaunch Partners


Woodman's Markets - Employee Owned
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau