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Toddlers love to glue collages, especially when you give them something fun like rice that they can sprinkle and pour.
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We started off with some rice we tinted red. You can see how we color our rice and pasta here.
Then we added some tempera paint to white glue to tint it a deep pink.
There is something about feeling rice that puts a big smile on a toddler’s face.
At first they were just happy to play with the rice. Their fingers picked it up, rubbed it, and dropped it back into the bowl. Over and over.
When they were ready, they started brushing the painted glue mixture onto paper. Swirls. Lines. Dots.
And then I showed them how to drop the rice onto the paper. (Note: We use box lids for this activity to contain the rice. We use these box lids over and over again for various activities that include small pieces such as glitter and confetti.)
A benefit of making collages is that it helps develop fine motor skills plus it’s a great hand-eye activity. It’s open-ended so even our youngest children can express their creativity.
Because of the small pieces involved, make sure you are supervising your toddler during this activity. If we see our toddlers start to put an object near their mouths, we gently remind them that this is not for eating. If you are concerned about using small pieces, try using larger pieces, such as torn paper. It’s really the process that they love, so whatever you choose, they will receive the benefits of creativity and exploration.
When they are finished, gently pick up the piece of paper and let the extra pieces of rice fall into the box lid. You can either recycle that rice for another art project, or dispose. Easy clean up!
Here are some more collage ideas:
Foil Collage (Picklebums)
Snowflake Collage (Tinkerlab)
Making Collages with Preschoolers (Rainy Day Mum)
Collaging for Preschoolers (Artchoo)
Candy Wrapper Easter Collage (B-Inspired Mama)
Making Collage Art with Toddlers (Buggy and Buddy)
Tissue Paper Collage (Craftulate)
Nature Sensory Board (Fun at Home With Kids)
Fabulous Fall Collage (Happy Hooligans)
Sticky Square Collage (Teach Preschool)
You can find our art activities here!
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