Found Objects Collage

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

I love these collages because they are so personal. Each child took home their painted “small things collectors” (egg cartons) and collected for a week. When they came back to art class seven days later, they had so many stories to tell! One child collected leaves and flowers from her garden with her grandmother. She remembered the name of each flora and fauna. Another child brought in some old jewelry from her mom and we cut the string and she glued the beads onto her collage. And then the twins each brought in an extra bag of “stuff” because their collectors couldn’t fit it all. They brought in little dolls, shoes, seashells from the “real” beach, and lots of old ribbon. (I think their mom was happy to clean out the toy area!)

These “found object” collages can be done at home or in the classroom. The cereal boxes are not hard to prep. Read on to find out all the details…

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

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Supplies needed:

~ Cereal box

~ Scissors

~ Colored duct tape

~ Collage papers (scrapbooking, colored, old art)

~ Other collage materials like pom-poms and straws (optional)

~ White school glue

~ Collected small objects from home and/or from nature

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

The process:

~ Cut the front (or back) off of a cereal box. Tape the sides with colored duct tape.

~ Gather lots of collage papers, like scrapbooking papers, old art, or colored paper. Let the children use their scissors and their glue to cover the bottom of the cereal box.

~ Now just let them glue on their found objects. Anything goes! I brought out a few extra goodies, like straws and pom-poms.

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

Children collect small things from their homes to make a collage.

I love that they look like shadow-boxes. And that they each have a story to tell.

xo, Bar

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