Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simple Shape Collages For Children Inspired by Children's Books

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This is a classic children's art lesson to incorporate art and literature 
for preschool and kindergarten aged children.
 It will also improve those fine motor skills with cutting, gluing, and drawing practice
while getting those active imaginations flowing! 

I like to start this lesson by reading some books to my students about
how ordinary shapes like circles, squares, and triangles can be used to make pictures.

Some great books for this are: 
The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds,
The Wing on a Flea by Ed Emberley,
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stole Walsh

You can also look around the classroom, or your house to find hidden simple shapes. 
You can be simple shape detectives together.
Once kids start looking for simple shapes they will see them everywhere!

Provide students with an assortment of colored construction paper scraps. 
Encourage your child to create a picture with squares, circles, rectangles, and triangles as their shapes. 
You can allow the children to cut their own shapes (good scissors practice) or have 
an assortment of pre-cut simple shapes (in different sizes) to speed things along and avoid frustration. 
Supplement this project with glue or glue sticks,
markers, crayons, or (my favorite) oil pastels to add details to their pictures. 

Happy Shape Finding and Making! 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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