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Child-Led Collage

Great for preschool, daycare, school age after school program or camp.

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3-12 Years


  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Sequins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Gems
  • Feathers
  • Scissors

Learning Outcomes

  • Creative Thinking
  • Fine Motor
  • Practice with Risk
  • Sensory Play

Activity Prep:

Step 1:
Set out all materials in the center of each table.

Step 2:
Make sure each child has a piece of paper.

Step 3:
Explain activity instructions seen below.

Activity Instructions:

Introduce the activity with the following instructions:
“Today you get to make a collage using all of the materials in the center of your table. The goal of this activity is to be as creative as you can. Feel free to create any picture or pattern that you want.”


Ages 3-5:
Anything that has a sticker on the back is great for younger kids. They can still pick their design, but don’t have to bother with gluing everything. Using glue in a dish with a paint brush to apply the glue works great for younger children as well.

Ages 5 and up:
Having more supplies for them to use in their collage allows for more unique and creative designs. Magazines, jewels and gems, googly eyes, or string. The more items, the more they can get their creative juices flowing!

Learning Questions

  • What do you see in your picture?
  • What was your favorite material?
  • Did your picture turn out as you expected?
  • What would you do differently next time?

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