Making collages, or the arranging and pasting of a variety of materials, has always been a love of mine.
Collages can be made with paper scraps, stickers, fabric, buttons, tape, 3-D objects, nature items, or any found material. The possibilities are endless and the act of gluing and arranging these materials is a great process for children.
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As we entered October, the girls and I wanted to make a Fall Collage and like some of our past projects, we love looking at books to get our creative juices flowing. One of my favorite books, Outside your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, has beautiful collage illustrations and covers everything from different seasons, to compost, to insects and animals.
The images in the book inspired us to explore our environment for items in nature to use for our collage. With the foliage finally changing from summer to fall, we went for a hike down the street to see what we could collect. The girls and I really enjoy doing that and love finding a variety of treasures in different shapes, sizes, and color as the seasons change.
Collaging is all about layers so we started by painting the background of a piece of sturdy cardboard. We then chose some leaves from our walk, painted them, and printed them onto our cardboard.
We got so busy creating (that’s what this is all about, right?!) that I forgot to snap a picture of our supplies and next step. I set out a couple trays with some of our nature finds (sticks, acorns), some cool packing material that we used for our mixed media owl project, some black produce mesh, and even pulled some straw from our chicken coop!
I also skimmed through the book and found some interesting images of birds, specifically crows, so I scanned them and made a couple copies of each for the girls to choose from.
They chose their crow and began cutting them out (I helped Willa, 2, with this step).
The next was assembling! They glued their crow down and began adding the other materials down around the background. We also added some extra wing detail with the mesh and packaging material on top of our printed crow image.
Our finished Crow Collages!