- adhesive materials including glue sticks, glue, paste, clear tape, masking tape, clear contact paper, stickers
- craft sticks
- textured collage materials such as paper and fabric scraps, yarn, feathers, crinkled paper, and foam shapes
Objective: Children will develop fine-motor, creative-- thinking, and language skills and sensory awareness as they explore and manipulate a variety of art materials.
1 Set up a table with the suggested materials. Invite groups of five or six children to participate in the activity. Place all of the adhesive materials in the center of the table. Pass the different materials around for children to explore and ask them to tell you what they already know about these materials. Engage them in a discussion about how the materials are alike and how are they different. Then, assist children in learning the names of the different types of materials.
2 Invite children to use the different materials to create a collage. Provide them with a sheet of oaktag and a small sheet of clear contact paper. Encourage them to work together to explore all of the materials. How many different ways can they use these materials? Remember: Some children do not like working with liquid glue or "messy" things. They may prefer working directly on clear contact paper or with a glue stick.
3 Once the group has completed the activity, invite them to share their work during group time. Ask questions to encourage descriptive language: How are the collages alike? How are they different? Which types of "sticky" materials did they use?
4 Create a language experience chart to summarize what the children learned and display the chart along with the collages. Leave the adhesive and collage materials in the art area to encourage more explorations.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Graphing Collage Materials. On a large sheet of chart paper, make a bar graph to record which art materials children used for their collage. Invite children to work together to create a graph to gather information about the materials they used to make their collage. If they used a particular material, write their name in the appropriate column. Count and record the number of names next to each material. Now review the graph with the children. Which materials were used the most? Which were used the least?
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