Barnyard Texture Collage

A trip to my local craft store inspired this texture filled collage. It all started when I saw the cow print flannel. I decided that I had to incorporate it into an art project for my classroom. I added a few other textural materials, and came up with this barnyard collage.

I am looking forward to seeing how the children use will these items, when they are given the opportunity to create their own. I hope that you all will have fun creating your own barnyard collages.

As an added note, I have found that reading books about the farm and life in the barnyard, makes this a more meaningful art project. A favorite of the children’s is Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Raffia
– Mini eggs
– Chicken feed
– Cow print flannel
– Woolly fabric
– Feathers
– Glue
– Scissors

Be sure to use all of your favorite “barnyard materials”!


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Valentine Love Collages

The children began their Valentine’s Day festivities by making Love Collages. After spying all of the colorful goodies to work with, they could not wait to get started! These are the materials that we used in our classroom, but you may modify them in any way you’d like.

An array of Valentine scrapbooking paper was gathered and a Fiskars squeeze punch was used to make the hearts. While working, the kids had fun sorting through all of the different paper heart designs.

Some wire ribbon, some pink yarn, and a some cut up garland provided not only a little color and sparkle, but it also provided a lot of texture. As the children placed their chosen pieces on their construction papers, we discussed how each of the items felt.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Our free printable heart template
Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Valentine scrapbook paper
– Yarn
– Garland
– Tissue paper
– Sequins
– Fabric
– Wire ribbon
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks

EXPANSION IDEAS:

Take the children’s dictation on the back of the collages. Maybe something along the lines of “I am loved because….” or “I love Mommy and Daddy because…”.

Use your imagination and have fun!


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