Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Art After Breakfast: Torn Paper Collage

I love to start the kids' day with art gets their creative juices flowing and creates a bit of down time before my toddler's morning nap.

This morning we used Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar as our inspiration. We looked through it together and I pointed out how the pictures looked like a collage of different colored paper.

My 4 1/2 year-old son decided he wanted to make all of the junk food that the caterpillar ate through: "one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon."

Materials I provided:

  • Our inspiration book (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
  • Construction paper: 1 piece of each color
  • White glue in a small cup and cotton swab applicator (he doesn't like to touch the glue...some kids don't like the feel of glue or paint on their fingers)
  • One large piece of construction paper as the base

Even my 1 1/2-year-old participated. She loves using glue, but she struggled with tearing the paper, so I tore some pieces into different shapes and piled them up for her. I only gave her a tiny glob of glue at a time, since she likes to tip and pour her glue out. She has no qualms about using her finger in the glue. Each kid is so different!

This was a fun project for both of my preschoolers. It's easily adaptable for a variety of ages, so hopefully it works as well for you as it works for me!


  1. How much fun is that....

    Turned out very nice. I love it.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. That turned out very cute. We were inspired by you and did a similar art project, and it was a hit with my two little ones!

  3. Really good children's books have inspiring artwork in them. Look no further than your child's bookshelf to combine a love of reading with their artistic expression!
    It's a great way to get kids physically involved in a story. Much more to come on this topic, I think!

  4. I love this idea! I'll do this with my kids later this week. Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!

  5. fun! i am a teacher and used to do something similar with my students. good reminder to do simple things like this with my kiddos at home!

  6. Very cute, I'll have to get the kids to try this. They love the Very Hungry Caterpillar too :)

    Rachel xxx

  7. Looks like fun - and my daughter likes touching the glue and tearing the paper! It could be a winner.

    I like the idea of starting the day with art, too. :)

  8. We did this today and my kids loved it. Thanks again!!!


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