Creating collages is a classic art activity for young children. It’s open-ended, with no rules or strict parameters, you can use practically any art supplies you have around the house, and children get to hone fine motor skills!
Here’s a simple Tissue Paper Collage to try at home. You’ll need :
- Sturdy paper like card stock (white works best)
- Small squares or other shapes of tissue paper, multiple colors
- White school glue mixed with a bit of water
- Thick paintbrush
A large piece of paper can be overwhelming to fill up for a young child. Consider cutting your printer size paper into 4 rectangles to have small canvases for your collage.
Next, after mixing the white glue with a bit of water, ask your child to use the paintbrush to make a thin layer of glue all over your card stock canvas.
Now your child can get to work! From a pile of tissue paper squares or shapes, let your child choose any color they would like to smooth onto the sticky surface. Encourage layering to see what new colors you can create.
Your child will use their pincer grip to manipulate the paint brush as well as to choose tissue paper squares. Anytime they practice putting thumb and pointer finger together they are building fine motor skills!
This activity also presents a wonderful opportunity to speak about colors, color matching, and color blending. What happens when we lay a piece of red tissue paper on a piece of blue tissue paper? What about red on red, do they look the same or are they different?
Ask leading questions throughout this entire activity to truly make it a learning activity!
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