Create a Reused School Supply Collage

What You Need:

  • Old school supplies that can be reused such as crayons, pencils, rulers, old homework, used notebooks, erasers, paperclips, etc.
  • 1 piece of cardboard or thick, sturdy paper
  • Glue
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Oil pastels or chalk (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Have your child gather together last year’s schools supplies. Old homework sheets that have been cut or torn may be used also.
  2. Ask your child to arrange the supplies on the cardboard. Encourage him to move the objects to point in different directions and overlap materials.
  3. Glue the objects to the cardboard.
  4. Give your child paints in the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and white. Encourage him to create his own palette of colors by mixing the paint.
  5. Your child can now apply the paint to parts of the collage. He need not cover the entire space with color.
  6. Optional: Add extra color with oil pastels or chalk.

Bring the old school year into the new with this reused materials collage. As the new school year begins remind your child that next year at this time he can create another collage with this year’s supplies!

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