It is common for young children to have some separation anxiety when it comes to beginning preschool. Help your preschooler to create this artful reminder of home for the first days of school. Using family photos and a little bit of imagination, your child can collage a cheerful memento of home.
Not only will the Family Photo Collage aid in the preschool transition, but it can also serve as a great lesson that will enhance your child’s development. Exploring art processes, learning about shape, increasing fine motor skills, and developing awareness of spatial relationships are all important objectives for this project.
What You Do:
- Help your child to search for a variety of family photos. Include all members of the family. Try to find pictures that capture special moments such as birthdays, holidays, or vacations.
- Have your child arrange the photos on the cardboard or poster board. Choose a size that meets your needs. Instead of purchasing a thick paper, try using the front or back of a cereal or cracker box (if your child is bringing this to school, avoid boxes that once contained nut or dairy based products).
- If needed, help your child to trim and crop the photos with safety scissors. Discuss what shapes the photos are. Ask questions such as, “Is the picture of Daddy a rectangle or a square?”, or “Can you make a triangle from the picture of Nana?”.
- Glue the photos to the cardboard or poster board.
- Set aside to dry.
Extend this activity into the school year. Take a photo of your child on the first day of school and add this in to the collage with the rest of the family!
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.