Make a Collage with Toddlers
Does your toddler resist craft projects, but you still want to do tot time lessons with them? When crafting or having “lessons” with toddlers, I have found that it is best to have open ended projects that allow them to practice age appropriate skills; ripping, painting, cutting, gluing and sticking. In small doses, these lessons can be fun and add up to a cute completed project. We may spread the project out over the entire day or several days depending on his mood!
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What do you need to Make a Collage with Toddlers?
This is a project that we spread out into several “mini-lessons” throughout the day and can be adjusted to any theme! You could do one color a day for a week to make a total of 5 color collages.
We add these papers to some items I have already selected and he sorts them into piles based on the category. Sorting is a great toddler math activity. He would show me a color and smile, then put it in the wrong one and laugh. We get silly and try to have fun. I also try to remember to label my categories with words. He is NOT reading, nor am I trying to teach him to read, but I will say something like, “This is where we put everything that is black. Here is the word black.” and I point to the word. This will help him build early literacy skills and math at the same time!
We color and paint the background.
Squeeze the glue and stick everything on! As we put the items on we talk about what they are and several attributes such as the color, texture, or weight of an item. When we put the pumpkin pictures on, I reminded him that these were orange pumpkins like the ones that we saw at the pumpkin patch. These connections will help him develop connections between the projects we do and his past experiences!