Process art and open-ended crafts are such fun for kiddos, and I love that a lot of learning can be integrated into art projects. We recently made a color collage as part of our Book Club Play Dates series. In addition to being a fun piece of collaborative art, it worked on many early learning skills.
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easy and fun color collage art for kids
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Construction paper or watercolor paper
Liquid watercolors (tempera paint and regular watercolors would work well too)
Colorful craft gems
Colorfully dyed pasta
This color collage was inspired by Audrey Wood’s The Deep Blue Sea. Read that book, then grab the materials and jump in!
Have the children arrange the paint bottles in rainbow order, helping them along as needed. Then let the children paint the paper as a rainbow. We painted ours in stripes from left to right. Not all children will want to paint it that way, and that’s okay! Be sure to talk about the fun colors as the kids paint.
Once the paint’s dry, let the children start sorting the collage materials based on color. We just used items we had on-hand – gems, colored pasta, and beads. Other possibilities might be pipe cleaners, scraps of paper, or yarn.
Then break out the glue! It’s always fun to see which children will be super intentional about how the collage materials are glued down and which will glue them randomly. Ours were placed on haphazardly, but we’re happy with how it turned out!
Early learning skills
As I mentioned above, this easy peasy bit of color collage art integrated some important skills:
- Color identification
- Rainbow order
- Sorting by color
- Fine motor skills
More Book Club Play Date fun
For more activities to add to a play date inspired by The Deep Blue Sea, pop over to see what my co-hosts are up to!
The Deep Blue Sea Veggie Snack | Craftulate
The Deep Blue Sea Sensory Bin | Sugar Aunts
Gross Motor Treasure Hunt | House of Burke
Be sure to check out Still Playing School’s How to Host and Plan a Children’s Book Club Play Date!
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