Collage activities are an artwork staple because they are both fun and versatile! From paint and pom poms to natural materials, your students can include just about anything in their collage art. We have put together a list of 23 super exciting and creative collage activities for your little ones to explore the world of color and texture! Read on to have a look at these unique ideas and get inspired on ways to incorporate them into your learning space.
1. Create a Name Collage
Name collages are a fantastic activity for students working on name and letter recognition. They can form the letters in their name using pom poms or other craft materials and then have a go at writing their names underneath.
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2. Tissue Paper Collage Butterflies
Collages are an amazing opportunity to use lots of different cool colors and different techniques. To create these stunning butterflies students can simply scrunch up small pieces of tissue paper and then stick them onto a cardboard cutout of a butterfly.
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3. Create a Funky Rainbow
Combine the fun of collage with learning the colors of the rainbow when you engage students in this activity. Give your learners a cardboard template for their rainbow as well as a mix of materials in different colors and shapes. Your students can then pick whichever materials they like to use to create their rainbow.
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4. Rainbow Fish
Using tissue paper, students can create this colorful underwater fish collage. They can experiment with different ways to cut or tear the paper to capture the different elements such as the water, seaweed, and scales on the fish.
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5. Craft This Beautiful Fall Tree
This Fall tree activity is a great lesson in using different materials to achieve different textures and effects. Students can scrunch or roll tissue paper for the leaves and cut strips into the paper to give the glass a textured effect. Use a leaf-shaped hole punch to create the falling leaves.
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6. Newspaper Cat Collage
This craft is a great way to use up some old newspapers that are taking up space in your craft store. Your students can cut out a cat template, eyes, and collar then stick it all onto the newspaper backing to create this cool cat collage!
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7. Nature Collage
Kids love to get outside and explore the outdoors. Whilst you’re outside, students can collect a range of materials to use in a nature collage. This could simply be a collection of materials or they could use what they have found to create a picture.
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8. Birds Nest Collage
This 3-D collage craft is a super Spring-time craft! Students can use different shades of brown paper, cards, or materials such as coffee filters to create the nest, and then add some play dough eggs to round it off!
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9. Quirky Button Collage
To create these fun collages, you’ll need a collection of different colored buttons and a colorful picture to stick them to. Students will have great fun finding the right color and size buttons to cover the picture and create this quirky collage.
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10. Cupcake Case Owls
A simple craft activity is perfect if you are short on time! Give students a selection of cupcake cases and glue to create this sweet owl collage craft!
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11. Color Sorting Collage
Color recognition activities are perfect for younger kids who are learning the basics of colors and color theory. For this activity, give students a heap of different colored paper to tear up and sort by color into a collage.
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12. Recycled Landscape Collage
This collage combines different techniques and uses recycled materials such as old newspapers and magazines to create a cool city skyline. Using cutouts from magazines and rubbings of different surface textures will make these collages a striking art piece!
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13. Work Up an Appetite by Making a Pizza Collage
These cool pizza collages are great fun for kids who are just starting to learn about food. You can prepare this activity by cutting out different shapes and colors to form different toppings like cheese, pepperoni, vegetables, and cheese.
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14. 3-D Collage House
This fun craft project combines collage and a bit of STEM as students create a structure that can stand independently. With eight different surfaces to collage, students will have fun mixing textures and art mediums or dedicating each surface to a different category.
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15. King of the Jungle Lion Collage
These funky lion collages are super simple to make and look amazing on display. You can prepare the lion’s face by cutting out the shapes or printing a face template. Then, students can practice their cutting skills by cutting strips of paper or different materials to create the lion’s mane.
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16. Try a Tear and Stick Picture
A tear-and-stick collage is perfect if you’re short on classroom scissors or if you’re simply looking for a different finish. Students can tear small pieces of paper up and then stick them into outlines of fruit and veggies.
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17. Collage the Alphabet
Using alphabet collage letter mats is a wonderful activity for solidifying letter recognition and sound learning. Students can collage their given letter using material that starts with that letter.
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18. Bring a Bird Picture to Life
Use recycled paper from magazines or newspapers to achieve this cool collage effect. Students can either cut their recycled paper or use the tear-and-stick method to fill an outline of a bird; using colors that represent the real-life version of the bird they’re creating.
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19. Create a Healthy Plate
This activity links in well with teaching healthy eating teachings. Students can either use crafting materials to create the food on their healthy plates or they can cut them out from recycled food magazines.
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20. Create a Whole Class Collage
A collaborative collage is great fun for the whole class! Have a class discussion about what you would like to collage to depict and then everyone can add something special to bring the vision to life!
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21. Create a Crafty Fox
These simple mosaic fox crafts are super simple to arrange. Learners can simply tear white and orange paper into pieces before arranging them within a fox outline. Students can finish their craft by adding a black nose and googly eyes.
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22. Create a 3-D Dinosaur
These dinosaurs are the perfect colorful collage art project for students and will tie in well with learning about the prehistoric world. Provide students with different dinosaur cutouts and let them get to work decorating them with scraps of paper, toothpicks, and markers.
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23. Magazine Portrait
This portrait is perfect if you have a bunch of old magazines you’ve been looking to recycle. Students can cut out facial features from the magazines and mix and match them until they are happy with the combination.
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