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Collages Painting with feet
Young children love to make collages! They offer
not only a sensory experience, but also the ability
to keep adding to an artwork
Using squeezable glue bottles is great fun for
young children, and it helps in developing fine-
motor skills and strength. Early on, use the small-
est (four-ounce) squeeze bottles and refill them
often. Later you can build toward using larger
(seven-ounce) squeeze bottles. You can also offer a
container of glue with a glue brush, paintbrush, or
rubber applicator. Both bottles and brushes offer
children good opportunities to develop fine-motor
skills and hand-eye coordination.
Here are a few tips for collage projects with
• Items to use for collages include tissue paper,
glitter, pom-poms, yarn, shiny paper, feath-
ers, nature items, cellophane, felt, faux fur,
sequins, yarn, foam pieces, crepe paper, pipe
cleaners, string, ripped paper or paper scraps,
recycled artwork cut into pieces, and other
assorted items and craft materials.
• Have materials cut in advance. Sort the materi-
als into sandwich bags or divided containers.
Making colorful footprints!
• When making collages with heavier items,
such as nature items, or large amounts of
materials, glue them onto poster board or
cardboard. These boards will hold the weight
of materials and glue better than paper will.
Children of this age enjoy using as many mate-
rials in their collages as they possibly can!
• Tint the glue by adding food coloring, liquid
watercolor paint, or tempera paint.
• Encourage children to cut or rip old artworks
themselves to reuse for their collage work.