Children have always been fascinated with farms and the various animals that can be found on them, and this simple collage captures some of the magic of country life.
The activity is suitable for children of any age and can be as simple or complex as your young artist desires. As seen above, my collage has been done on a small scale, suitable for just one child, with a very basic theme – trees, barn, fence, animals and farm house. However, as no farm is exactly the same, there is also unlimited potential for variation. Perhaps your farm can be a dairy farm, a sugar plantation or even an orchard – it’s entirely up to you. On a larger scale, it’s also a great activity to work on with a group. Using a large strong piece of cardboard or thin wood as a base, educators may enjoy working on it with their class, as a collaged mural.
As with all collages, this project is basically a cut-and-paste activity – great for very young children as it helps them to develop fine motor skills. Although I’ve mentioned many materials and specific steps in the article below, this is very flexible. Just use it as a loose guide. As with all collages, children should have the freedom to work in whatever sequence they choose. Encourage them to use their imagination and see what evolves.
: 60 - 90 minutes
: Any Age
#Fine motor skills
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