Archive for the ‘Collage’ Category

My Magic Garden

March 21, 2011


These beautiful gardens were made with repurposed tissue paper from gifts, lots of watered down glue, cardboard for canvass and black markers.

Take a walk in a garden or look at photos of flowers for inspiration. Have your child draw flowers or a garden or really whatever they want on the cardboard. Have them tear their own pieces of tissue paper and glue the pieces over the drawings. Water down some glue in a pan and have them use a roller to roll glue over the top of their artwork – this will smooth down the tissue paper flat, allowing you to see the image underneath. The more glue, the better.


Water Color Collage

February 5, 2011

This was a two part activity. For it you will need one piece of card stock, a variety of white absorbent materials (coffee filters, doileys, paper towel, construction paper,) water color paints and brushes.

First have your child cut or tear pieces of the absorbent materials and collage with the glue stick on to the card stock. After it dries, have your child paint with the water colors onto the collage. Another option is to reverse the process – have them paint on aborbent materials, then have them cut and collage with what they had painted.

We will enjoy these now, then I am thinking of recycling them around mothers day. Either giving as is, letting them draw flowers on top with black marker, or  havung them use a large flower hole punch to cut flowers from their picture to glue onto cards.


December 13, 2010

Easily my favorite activity I have done with children! Each child created a house using pre-cut small and large shapes. I used construction paper, circulars and old wrapping paper to make the shapes.

Each child was then able to mount thier house on to a common canvass. Finally each child was able to add a picture of a small child to the “neighborhood.”

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Curvy Line Collage

December 12, 2010

To begin this activity I showed the children a picture of Romare Bearden’s “Sea Nymph.” The picture shows gently swaying lines of shades of blue. There is also a solid black swimming figure. I asked the children, “What did the artist do to let you know this is a picture of water?” Some groups had lots of answers, other needed a few more questions like, “What colors did the art use?” and “Did the artist draw straight lines or wavy lines?”

Children then got a piece of cardboard (the greatest canvass for doing any kind of collage.) I had prepainted the cardboard – if I had had more time, I would have asked the kids to sponge on their own paint.

On the table, children had access to yarn (4 types,) glue and black fish cut out of felt. While they created I commented on what they were doing – using words like, wavy, curly and swirly. As you can tell from the pictures below, each child had their own vision of what they wanted their water picture to look like.

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Light: CD Suncatchers

November 12, 2010

What to do with all of those old non-rewritable CD’s that come with everything? With tackey glue and some shiny objects, your chidl can make beautiful sun catchers. In this photo we used some “Jewels” I had in my craft bin, but glitter glue and sequins work just as well.

Attach a string, and Voila, it’s an ornament that you can give to your in-laws.

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May 20, 2010

I have seen this activity on a few websites. I wanted to post it here with a few changes/additions/suggestions.

The first time I saw this it was on a crafting site, and the petals were made from felt. Each color felt was a different size, and if your child put them on the pipe cleaner  in rainbow order, you would see every color.

I love crafts, and liked this idea, but wanted to alter it a bit so I wouldn’t have to tell my kids what order to put the petals in (not that following directions isn’t also a valid skill.)

I used old pieces of kids art work, and pages from an  oriental trading co. magazine to cut out petals of different shapes and sizes. I used basic shapes from Microsoft word to make the patterns for the petals. I made sure to choose shapes that no matter how they were “strung” onto the pipe cleaner, you would be able to see at least a little of each layer of  petals.

I punched a hole in the center of each shape. For shapes that are large, fold them in half and then place the hole punch to that it is half on and half off of the paper. This will leave you with one hole in the center, instead of two.

Cut straws so once threaded onto the pipe cleaner, about 3 inches of the pipe cleaner sticks out. The pipe cleaner serves as a stop for the petals, and as a sturdy stem for the pipe cleaner.

Next, let your child thread as many petals as they want onto each pipe cleaner. When they are done, curl the pipe cleaner around your child’s finger to end the flower and hold the petals in place.

Yes, it did take me about 20 minutes to cut up all of the flowers. But, my kids made many many flowers and spent at least 45 minutes doing it – with little help from me. Both boys, one 7 and one 4. I also have lots of petals left over, so if I want to pull out the activity on a rainy day I can.

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