Colorful Nature Collages
An Activity for Preschoolers
No matter the season, this activity gives children the perfect opportunity to explore color and express their creativity with materials from nature.
To increase children's ability to use different art media and materials in a variety of ways.

To encourage children's artistic expression through experiences with nature.

Before You Start
Write the name of a color with a matching marker on each of the paper bags. Select colors that children will find in nature – brown, green, red, gray, black, etc.

Invite each child to select a paper bag. Explain to the children that they will go on a nature walk to find materials in nature that are the same color as marked on their bag. Encourage the children to collect leaves, twigs, rocks, berries, tree bark, etc. and put the materials in their bag.
Let's Begin
1. After the children return to the classroom, invite them to share some of the materials they found on their hike with the other children.

2. Give each child a piece of construction paper and glue.

3. Invite the children to create a colorful nature collage using the materials they found on the hike.

4. Once the children have finished gluing their materials to their construction paper, allow the collage to dry and hang in the classroom.

5. Be sure to label the collage as Sarah's Red Collage, Jimmy's Green Collage, etc.
Most likely the children will have extra collage materials. Put all of the leftover materials in a pile and encourage the children to make another collage. Invite the children to create a collage of similar textures, shapes, or sizes.


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