When working with collage materials children are able to make choices about what materials they will use to represent their ideas, and to explore the elements of colour, texture, line and shape. As children sort, select and paste with collage materials they engage in ways to be imaginative and creative.
There are many learning benefits to doing this activity with your child
It builds creativity
Develops a greater awareness of the ‘sticky’ sensation
Improves hand/eye coordination
Instils a sense of achievement
Helps in language development
Talk with your child about their collage, draw attention to the lines, colours, shapes, textures and patterns
Ask your child to cut out shapes from old magazines or books based on various themes, like jungle, farm, flowers, cartoon characters etc.
Allow your child to explore ways to glue items onto their collage
Ask them to stick the theme based cut outs using glue stick on a large sheet to make a collage
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.