Help students strengthen their visual-spatial skills by working on these projects.
- Clear contact paper
- Transparent or shiny collage materials, including tissue paper, aluminum foil, foil paper, and a variety of sequin shapes
- Trays or containers for the collage materials
- Masking tape
- Fine motor
Set Up and Prepare
Cut tissue paper and foil into small shapes.
Step 1: Set out the suggested art materials in containers. Invite children to look at the different materials they can use. Talk about how some materials are shiny and invite them to move the foil or sequins in the light.
Step 2: Next, invite students to look through the tissue paper to see how it is transparent. Ask them to layer two or three colors of tissue paper so they can see how the colors change. Tape the corners of a piece of clear contact paper to the table with the adhesive side facing up. Invite children to make a collage using the various materials.
Step 3: When they finish, cover the collage with another sheet of contact paper. Discuss how the different materials reflect light and how the tissue paper changes colors in the collages.
Step 4: Tape collages onto the window. Notice how the sunlight and the indoor lighting affects the collages.
Remember: Some children may have trouble describing what they see. Assist them in learning descriptive words so that they can express their thoughts.
Movement: Dancing Flashlights
Turn off the lights, play music, and invite children to dance with a small flashlight. Find a recording of “This Little Light of Mine” to play while your child dances.
- The Art of Eric Carle by Eric Carle
- Sun by Susan Canizares and Daniel Moreton