As we focus on shapes in our winter session, we lead the students in open-ended art projects emphasizing each one. We never use pre-made materials or kits; thus no two finished projects are alike. Each projectʼs look is decided by the young artists themselves, and we encourage caregivers to let the children make the decisions and do the project all on their own.
For triangle week, we create large shiny triangles and let the students collage smaller multi textured and colored triangles onto them. Click here to download a PDF of Triangle Collages lesson plan.
Age Level: 2.5 – 4
- To learn about triangles: 3 sides and 3 corners
- To work on glue stick skills
- Glue sticks (one per child)
- Masking or clear tape
- a large variety of materials: construction paper, ribbon, fabric, bubble wrap, etc.
- Trays to hold cut triangles
- Cut cardstock into large triangles (ours are about 12” on the longest side)
- Wrap in foil and tape down on back
- Write each studentʼs name on back
- Write the word “Triangle” on front in large letters
- Cut materials into triangles of different sizes and place in trays
- Show students an example of a finished project and explain that they will be working with triangles today. All triangles have 3 sides and 3 corners.
- Demonstrate putting a lot of glue onto the foil triangle and then placing a smaller triangle onto it. “Tap, tap, tap it” (kids love this repetition) to put it into place and to get it to stick.
- Have the children pick up a glue stick from a nearby supply table, and hand out the triangles back at the work table while they are doing so.
- Give them a few minutes to get some glue onto the triangles before handing out the trays with the collage supplies.
- Encourage the students to leave a little space between their triangles if they want the silver to shine through.
- This project can be taken home at the end of the class period as it dries quickly.