- chart paper and marker
- variety of old magazines, catalogs, circulars, and brochures for cutting
- construction paper
- glue sticks
Objective: Children will develop math, reasoning, and creative-thinking skills by creating a collage using things they have grouped together that have similar attributes.
In Advance: Cut out pictures of things that are similar, including pictures of things that are the same color, toys, food, clothing, buildings, cars, people, animals, or activities like cooking, sports, or other physical activities.
1. Place a few of the pre-cut pictures in the center of the floor for children to look at. Ask children to describe how the pictures are alike and how they differ. Invite a few children to sort the pictures by similarities and ask them to describe the ways in which their groupings are alike. Record their responses on chart paper.
2. Invite children to make a collage of pictures of things that are alike. Show them more pictures and engage them in a discussion to focus on the math concepts that make things similar like color, size, or shapes or science categories like people, animals, or plants. They may also find other ways to categorize the pictures by clothing, food items, or toys. Or, they may find pictures of activities that are done inside, or outside, in school, or at home. Encourage children to share their ideas.
3. Set up the art area with the suggested materials. Invite a few children at a time to the art area. Give each child a pile of pictures to look through and sort. Offer assistance if needed. Ask them to glue their pictures onto a sheet of construction paper.
4. Invite children to share their work during group time. Place their collages in an area where everyone can view them. Now, ask the children to compare their collages. How many collages are alike? Create a list with the class to record all of the ways children sorted and categorized their pictures.
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
Our Sorting Collage Book. Provide the class with lined paper and ask children to write or dictate information about their collage. Organize the collages and writings so they are side-by-side in a book format. Ask children to design a cover for the book and think of a title. Bind the pages together. Read the book to the class and invite each child to read his page. Afterwards, place the book in the math area to encourage further math and literacy skill development.
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