On a sunny spring day, chances are your kid would rather be outside than in. But if she's got a hankering for an art project that's perfect for the season (or needs an easy cure for winter blues), this spring collage is just right. Collages are great for impromptu art sessions because you can use virtually any material you've got on hand, from preschool staples like construction paper and felt to old magazines or cereal boxes. And don't forget to sneak in a little lesson on weather and the seasons while you're at it!
What You Do:
- Have your child choose materials that reflect the colors of spring in full bloom. Think blue skies, green leafy trees, a bright yellow sun. Encourage her to get creative with colors and textures, such as using a bit of white felt for clouds or shiny metallic paper for the sun.
- Cut or tear the collage materials into smaller pieces.
- Using the glue, help her assemble her collage by gluing the pieces onto a larger sheet of paper. Don't be afraid to overlap the pieces.
If the weather's a bit gloomier outside, try a rainy day collage instead. Any weather or season is fair game here.
Erica Loop has an 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.