9 Paper Collage Ideas for Kids

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Paper Collage Ideas for Kids

Earlier this week, Daphne and I did a simple paper collage art project while Maia was at gymnastics. I set out the paper shapes that were cut out and left over from the stained glass suncatchers we made recently along with some glue sticks and markers.

It was the simplest of art activities, yet we both enjoyed it.

Here are the photos and details, plus I’m including eight more paper collage ideas for kids at the end of this post…

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Paper Collage Ideas for Kids

Paper Collage for Kids

MATERIALS

  • White paper
  • Paper shapes cut from colored construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Markers (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Use the glue stick to apply the paper shapes to the white paper, in any design, pattern, or picture desired, abstract or realistic.

Paper Collage Ideas for Kids - Gluing shapes on

Daphne created a mirror-image pattern with her paper shapes.

Paper Collage Ideas for Kids - Adding Detail with Markers

Use a marker or pen to add drawing detail, if desired, either on top of the paper shapes, around them, or both.

Paper Collage Ideas for Kids - Adding Detail with Markers

Daphne outlined her paper shapes with the black sharpie and added pattern drawings to each.

Paper Collage Ideas for Kids - Adding Detail with Markers

I glued my paper shapes down in a more abstract design and added details to the lighter colored paper pieces. Plus some extra drawing detail as well.

Paper Collage Ideas for Kids - Finished Artworks

Here are the finished artworks, hanging on the display/drying wall in the studio.

Paper Collage Ideas for Kids - Finished Artworks

Here are a few more ideas if you want to do a simple paper collage art activity like this with your kids.

8 More Paper Collage Ideas for Kids

  1. Paper collage for kids :: Combine the paper collage with scissor-cutting practice for littles who are just beginning to use scissors
  2. Make a quilt-like paper shape collage with or without the marker detail (like this stained glass quilt art project I wrote about on The Imagination Tree). Use plain colored paper or patterned paper (such as scrapbook paper, magazine images, or origami paper).
  3. Magazine pictures as drawing prompts for kids
  4. Mixed media collage for kids
  5. Collage large-scale on body tracing art
  6. Make paper dolls
  7. Make sticker collages
  8. Use paper shapes as challenge drawing activities

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