We didn’t expect a whole lot of kids for Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group this Wednesday, mostly due to the absolutely gorgeous weather outside. Why play indoors when you can play outdoors, right? In preparation for the small attendance, we set out an activity perfect for relaxing mornings such as these: Collages!
Collages are great for a slower paced activity. Put out various fun shapes, sizes, and textures of paper and help your kids methodically choose each piece to add to their works. They can add a little or a lot, they can walk away from it for a while, or they can stay and work on the same project for hours. There’s a kind of time-flexibility with collages that other activities – painting, especially – don’t seem to embody.
When assembling your collage materials, experiment with the kinds of items your kids can use. Different kinds of paper, small scraps of fabric, string, aluminum foil, even beads. With a variety of working materials, the learning doesn’t stop at colors and shapes. Encourage your kids to talk about what they choose to add to their collages by asking questions: Why did they choose a particular piece of paper? Do they like the shape? The color? The texture? How do the shapes, sizes, and textures differ among the collage items?
Once the collage is finished and dried, don’t just display it on the fridge – use it to reinforce lessons on color and texture. Have them pick out the colors in the work and feel the various textures with their fingers. A collage is easy to add onto, so keep the original around for a while, in case they would like to make additions.
Another word on collage materials – Being inventive often means reusing with care. Have a lot of your kids’ old artworks that have long been ignored? You can save them, or you can reuse them fornew art! Cut up old paintings and drawings in fun and interesting shapes and use these for collage pieces. You could even make a puzzle and have them reconstruct their old work onto a new piece of paper. The collage process is so simple and so easy to add a unique twist to, there’s no end to the fun you and your kids can have.
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.