Collage Art

Let your child express himself through many different art materials!

For this Activity you will need:

  • Art materials (markers, glitter, tissue paper, feathers, yarn, crayons, cotton balls, and tin foil)
  • Paper
  • Glue


  1. Tell your child that he is an artist and you would like him to make a "collage" for you. Explain that a collage is a picture that uses lots of different art materials, depending on what the artist chooses. The artist glues the different art materials to the paper.
  2. Show him the different art materials and talk about each of them. For example, you might say, "Look at this shinny tin foil, see it is smooth now, but look what happens when I crumple it up."
  3. Now, give your child a blank piece of paper. Tell your child to make a picture by gluing any of the materials onto the piece of paper.
  4. As your child is working, watch what he does, and talk to him about it. For example, you might say, "You thought very carefully about where to put the feathers." Or, "I like the way you used the glitter and the tin foil. It feels really bumpy." By doing this, you are helping your child to be thoughtful about his work, and encouraging him to think about what he is doing.
  5. When your child is done with his picture, ask him what he would like to name his piece of art. Ask him how he chose that name.
  6. Ask your child if he would like you to write the name on the artwork. If he says yes, ask him where he would like you to write it.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Let your child use art materials found in your home to make a collage. You may want to let your child use bottle caps, rice, macaroni, empty toilet paper rolls and old magazines.
  • Point out different types of art in your child’s world. Art can be found at the art museum, on the pages of your child’s books, on signs and labels at the grocery or video stores, and in ads and maps at the bus stop.


Background Information:

The arts involve:

  • Trying different arts activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop skills in the arts by doing this activity.

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