Make a Changing Seasons Collage
The changing of the seasons is the perfect time for a mini-science lesson, coupled with a cool weather art activity. Your budding naturalist can create a summer-themed collage that he will then ‘magically’ change into a festive fall scene. Use real materials found in nature such as grass, leaves, twigs, and more in this awesome autumn project!
What You Need:
- Cardboard (reuse the front of an old cereal or cracker box)
- Clear drying, non-toxic glue
- Construction paper
- Natural items such as twigs, grass, and fall leaves
- Acetate or clear plastic wrap
What You Do:
- Ask your child to draw a rough pencil sketch of a summer landscape onto the cardboard. Include things that you would see in the summer such as flowers, budding plants, full trees, or a person dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.
- Your child can now collage the summer landscape by gluing cut or torn paper and natural items onto the cardboard drawing. Cut and glue blue paper to make a summer sky or add blades of real grass to the ground.
- Cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the cardboard. Acetate can be bought at most office and craft supply stores. If you cannot find it or are looking for a low-cost alternative, try using clear plastic wrap.
- Glue the top of the acetate or plastic wrap to the top of the cardboard summer collage. Keep the remaining sides free to create a flap.
- Help your child to create a fall landscape on the acetate over top of the existing summer collage. Cut and glue fall leaves, twigs, or construction paper onto the acetate for an autumn collage.
- Set aside to dry.
- Life the flap to compare the summer and fall scenes.