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Three-dimensional Collages

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  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A pop-up picture book and an ordinary picture book
  • White art paper
  • Small scraps of construction paper
  • Glue


What to do

1. Cut some of the construction paper into strips varying in width from 1" to 11/2" (3 cm to 4 cm) and in length from 6" to 8" (15 cm to 20 cm). Cut the rest of the paper into circles, then cut on a diagonal from the edge of each circle toward its center, creating spirals.

2. Show the students an ordinary picture book and a pop-up book and help them understand the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional illustrations.

3. Invite the children to make a three-dimensional collage. Demonstrate how to paste one end of a strip of paper onto the art paper and fold a crease in the strip to make it stand upright; then paste the opposite end of the strip on the paper, creating a loop.

4. Help the children create loops, weaving the loops over and under each other, if desired. Show the children how to paste one end of a spiral on the art paper as if it were a spring.

5. Have the children add various scraps of paper to their collage, folding them so they remain upright.

More to do

  • Dramatic play: Spread a large sheet of butcher paper on the floor and invite the children to make a crayon drawing of the community, then supply blocks of all shapes for building houses, schools, cars, trucks, and more.
  • Games: Play with slinky toys and learn more about spirals.
  • More art: Create pop-up greeting cards.


-Barbara Saul, Eureka, CA

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Fine Motor
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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