Each session, we have a specific theme for our youngest classes. This gives them a sense of pattern and lets them know what to look forward to each week. This Fall’s theme is color; these collage projects are a great way to delve into the color blue.
Click here to download a PDF lesson plan of Blue Collages
Age Level: 1.5 – 4 years
- Focus on the primary color blue
- Learn color mixing
- Learn the properties of glue
- Discussion of the different tones of blue, and textures of collage materials
- 8×10 paper with the word “BLUE” written on it (capital letters are easier for these pre-readers to recognize)
- white glue
- blue food coloring
- small plastic cups for glue
- popsicle sticks for mixing glue
- an assortment of collage items: we used blue corrugated paper, pasta wheels dyed blue, foam pieces of varying shades of blue, cut into different shapes
- flat plastic containers to hold collage items
- small stiff brushes for brushing glue
- Write the word “BLUE” on the paper, one per child (capital letters are easier for these pre-readers to recognize)
- Fill plastic cups 2/3 full with white glue and add a few drops of blue food coloring
- Add popsicle sticks for mixing glue
- Arrange collage items in plastic containers, 1 per every 2 kids
- Teacher should demonstrate the project, starting by showing the children how to mix the glue so the blue food coloring mixes completely into the white glue, turning it blue.
- Show the students how to brush glue onto the paper, advising them to use a lot so that the collage items will stick to it.
- Demonstrate placing items into the glue and then tapping them so they affix to the paper.
- Hand out glue and have the students start mixing.
- Once some students are finished mixing, have the children walk to the supply table and select a paper.
- Hand out brushes and instruct them to start brushing glue on the paper.
- While the students are doing this, distribute the containers with collage supplies, placing one between every two students.
- Encourage the children to create the collage with the materials they choose.
- These projects will take time to dry and can go home the next class session.