hello Blue Collages!

gavin gouing objects onEach 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 gluecollage supplies

Teacher Prep:

  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrate placing items into the glue and then tapping them so they affix to the paper.
  4. Hand out glue and have the students start mixing.misxing glue from above
  5. Once some students are finished mixing, have the children walk to the supply table and select a paper.michelle and jordanna picking up papaers
  6. Hand out brushes and instruct them to start brushing glue on the paper.jordanna brhsing glue on paper
  7. While the students are doing this, distribute the containers with collage supplies, placing one between every two students.
  8. Encourage the children to create the collage with the materials they choose.michelle gluing
  9. These projects will take time to dry and can go home the next class session.finished collage more collages




Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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