Last Thursday afternoon Mason came home and insistently asked if he could collage. I was in the middle of dinner prep, backpack roundup (please tell me my kids aren't the only ones who come home and want to show me everything they made/did/found at school all at the same time and then leave it all over the kitchen) and a million other things, but his sweet little face (and crazy persistence) was too hard to say no to.
I rummaged through the craft closet and came out with glue, feathers, pom poms, stickers, macaroni noodles, googly eyes, foam shapes, miscellaneous scrapbook paper and a few old magazines.
There was no plan or end goal, they just "collaged" :)
They were quiet and entertained and SWEET to each other (minus a couple of battles over the glue bottles).
This even happened...
... Mason told me he couldn't talk to me because he was in "collage mode". Ummm, k.
They cut, pasted, stuck, drew and created their little hearts out.
I was able to get dinner totally ready and even popped a load of laundry in the washer while they played.
Miss Independent was trying SO HARD to cut. Her fine motor skills are really really good, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get her to hold the scissors in her left hand. She improvised, but I'll be ordering some left handed preschool scissors STAT! (Any lefty moms out there have good recommendations???)
We didn't end up with anything "Pinterest-worthy", but they had a fantastic time and they were so proud of their creations. I can sometimes be a craft control freak, so it was awesome to see them be creative and independent.
We'll definitely be "collaging" more often - I cut up some fabric scraps this weekend and pulled out some of my spare buttons as well. I think it would be fun to incorporate plastic straws (that they could cut up), pieces of yarn, tissue paper and even photographs.
Let me know if you have any fun collage ideas! If you haven't tried it before, let your kids loose with some supplies and see what they come up with. Happy crafting!!!