Activity:

Cut-and-Tear Collage

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What You Need:

  • Animal Stencils printable
  • Colored construction paper
  • Colored tissue paper
  • White paper for background (11” x 17”)
  • Glue Stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Print out our worksheet Animal Stencils, and have your child choose an animal or two to cut out.
  2. Cut out the stencil shapes with scissors.
  3. He can now select the colors of the construction paper he would like to use with the shapes of the animal he is making.
  4. Trace two of each shape onto the construction paper.
  5. Carefully cut the first set of shapes out of the paper following the pencil lines.
  6. Rip the second set of shapes directly out of the paper. Don’t worry if the lines are not straight, or even if they’re jagged or fuzzy. This will add character and personality to the animal and your child's artwork!
  7. On a white sheet of paper, glue both animals down; one that was cut out and the other that was ripped out.
  8. Now, have your child cut out and rip various pieces of colored tissue paper. Have him glue tissue paper over the top of his construction paper animals to see what different colors it can create!
  9. Don't forget to fill in some scenery for the animal to live in. Practice painting or drawing backgrounds using markers, paint, crayons, or more cut out or torn tissue paper shapes.

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