Collaging is one of my favorite art activities. Kids develop fine motor skills by tearing, cutting and gluing. They get to express themselves creatively and there are so many options to keep this simple art project interesting.
Below, I’ve collected a dozen collage ideas for young children. I hope you enjoy!
- Catalog Collage. Put your junk mail to use! We recently used a flower catalog to collage with. See what comes in the mail and get creative.
- Contact paper collage. Use contact paper as the backdrop for collaging. Simply cut up or tear paper and stick it on! This is a great low mess activity and a fun start for toddlers.
- Tissue paper collage from Mess for Less. Use canvas or construction paper as a sturdy backdrop for your tissue paper collaging. You can also use tracing paper to make a stained glass window.
- Flower petal collage. Use flower petals to make a beautiful collage with a natural touch. Try adding other natural materials such as leaves, rocks and sand too!
- Paper Napkin Collage from Learn With Play at Home. Have some left over party napkins? Use them at art time!
- Water Bottle Collage from Teach Preschool. Make a 3D collage in an plastic water bottle.
- Newspaper Collage from the Artful Parent. Reuse your newspaper for collaging.
- Found Item Collage. Collect bottle caps, pieces of broken toys, sea glass, chunks of wood, keys…anything you can think of! Provide sturdy cardboard as a backdrop.
- Popsicle Stick Collage. All you need is some paper, popsicle sticks and glue for this simple collage. By request, we added pom-poms and stickers as finishing touches.
- Glittery Cotton Ball Collage from Tinkerlab. Make your own glitter glue and enjoy the softness of cotton.
- Fabric Collage. Offer your kids scraps of fabric and felt to cut up and collage with.
- Aluminum Foil Collage from Teach Preschool. Try drawing on the foil with a pencil for even more fun.