Posts Tagged ‘collage’

Developing Art Activities Where The Children Can’t Fail

I’m coming to the end of my time with the toddler group. It’s been an exciting three-year journey and I’ve learnt so much from the children. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the children, and their mums, for letting me experiment on them.

When I started, I used to have long conversations with my husband about what I should do with the children. Being the one who had looked after our own children when they were young, having a theatre degree and having worked for a short while with youngsters he was a great sounding board. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Sheep Collage

White SheepOne thing I can guarantee will get the children running over to the art table at toddler group is collage. They just love it.

Today I’d brought along the Artful Dodgers Sheep templates for them to collage. They had great fun with several children coming back to do another picture.

I also pulled together a wide selection of collage materials so the children could choose to go bright or neutral with their colours as well as being able to choose hard and soft materials. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Cards and Pictures

Hearts are the order of the day with it being Valentine’s craft. So I spent some time picking out all the hearts from the acrylic gems, plastic beads and shiny fabric shapes I have in my toddler group craft stash. If you have time this would be a great shape-sorting activity to do with children. Read the rest of this entry »

Triangle Collage and Felt Tips

No toddler group again this week as I had to attend a meeting. But here is another activity I ran with the group a couple of years ago.

I found that circle collage was a popular activity with the children. So I varied the activity by changing the shape of the collage materials. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Cone Decorations

It was the last toddler group before Christmas this week. I thought the children could make decorations but I wanted a way of making them without being too prescriptive about it so the children still had an opportunity to use their imaginations and creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Forrest / Mountain Range Collage

Gluing and sticking again today. This time the idea was to make a forest with collaged triangles – however my triangles were equilateral so ended up looking like a mountain range instead. No matter.

It would be fun to take this activity to the next stage where the children use their trees (or mountains) as a background for playing with their dolls, cars, animals etc. In a forest they could re-tell the story of little red riding hood or, in the mountains go trekking and skiing. Though I’m sure the children can come up with their own stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Encapsulating Light

Last week I was asked to come up with an activity around candles and light. This was the theme at this month’s Praise and Play just before toddler group.

Easy – or so I thought. After much head scratching I decided to do a version of the tissue lanterns.

I settled for encapsulated collage where the finished piece could be taped to a window or wrapped into a tube to go round a jam jar with an electronic candle in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Hard and Soft Line Collage

Ellie in matchsticksLines – bet you’ve never really thought about them. They’re everywhere, and when it comes to mark making and drawing, lines are very important.

Letters and numbers are all made up of lines, and drawings are mostly a bunch of different lines – straight, curvy, fat and thin – all put together and often coloured in. Lines describe the edges of things, can show the direction of movement and an outline depicts the shape of a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Circle Collage

Circle collageCollage – gluing and sticking – the children love it. As soon as they see the table laid out with all the collage materials and glue pots they’re running over, putting on their aprons eager to choose the materials they want to use. Note I say the materials THEY WANT TO USE and not those chosen by someone else. Read the rest of this entry »

Roller Painting, Collage and Sad Farewells

It was the final toddler group of the summer a few weeks ago. I was really sad as it was the last time I’ll see some of the children as they’ll be starting nursery or school in September. I feel I’ve only just got to know them and their likes and dislikes at the art table. Read the rest of this entry »