Outer Space Collaborative Collage

outer space collaborative collage

Once or twice a year I like to have my students work together to create a class collage to display in the classroom. The children really enjoy expressing themselves. Rarely do I have anyone turn down the chance to participate.

This outer space collaboration turned out to be a creative and fun experience for everyone. I provided a large, curved piece of Styrofoam that had been spray painted black and quickly sprinkled with a dusting of glitter. I also provided a tray full of sparkly decorative items. I found glitter foam at Walmart that made perfect stars and moons. Plain foil stars also work well. My students were drawn to the various materials, and loved choosing which ones they wanted to use.

outer space collaborative collage

This collage turned out to be 3D, but you can use poster board or cardboard and a variety of collage materials of your choice. Some may choose all the materials you provide, while others will use very few.

outer space collaborative collage

This open-ended activity provides the children with an opportunity to use their imaginations, express their creativity, and practice decision making. Additionally, when working collaboratively to create a piece of art, the children develop social skills and learn to work interactively.

MATERIALS USED:

– A large piece of Styrofoam or other material
– Spray paint
– Glitter
– Glue
– Pom poms (glitter and regular)
Sequins
Sparkly fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners)
– Moon and star stickers
Acrylic jewels
Our star template



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Spooky Pumpkin Collages

spooky pumpkin collages

Collages are an open-ended activity where children can be creative with just about anything. These Halloween pumpkin collages are made from materials other than paper. I provided small scraps of fabric, felt, ribbon, and other goodies. Use your imagination and look through your art supplies for a variety of things that can be glued.

It is best when children are able to use the items they select to decorate their pumpkins as they see fit. Some young learners will cover their entire pieces; other will not. Some may use only one color, while others may enjoy using and mixing all of the elements.

spooky pumpkin collages

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Scissors
– Our free printable pumpkin template
Fabric scraps
– Feathers
– Pom poms
Buttons
Foam stickers
– Acrylic craft jewels
Faux fall leaves
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Crinkle cut paper

spooky pumpkin collages



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Earth Day Recycled Collage

Earth Day is April 22nd, and what better way to celebrate this important event than by making 3D recycled collages.

Now is the time to get those notices up in the classroom and into parent mailboxes; ask for help in donating “creative junk”, as I like to call it. Donations can be from offices, businesses, homes, or other sources in the community. If you are a homeschooler, start a mini bin of recyclables.

The list of items that can be used for this activity is infinite. Just make sure that the pieces used are clean and undamaged. Use your imagination and watch these throw away items turn into artistic pieces of wonder!

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardboard
– Packing peanuts
– Bottle caps
– Jar lids
– Spice lids
– Foil
– Egg carton
– Wine corks
– Pieces of Styrofoam
– Scraps of paper
– Old craft sticks


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