Toddler Collage Art

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Toddler Collage Art
Toddlers love to glue collages, especially when you give them something fun like rice that they can sprinkle and pour.

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Toddler Collage Art
We started off with some rice we tinted red. You can see how we color our rice and pasta here.
Toddler Collage Art
Then we added some tempera paint to white glue to tint it a deep pink. 
Toddler Collage Art
There is something about feeling rice that puts a big smile on a toddler’s face. 
Toddler Collage Art
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.
Toddler Collage Art
When they were ready, they started brushing the painted glue mixture onto paper. Swirls. Lines. Dots.
Toddler Collage Art
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.)
Toddler Collage Art
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.
Toddler Collage Art
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.
Toddler Collage Art
Toddler Collage Art
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!
Toddler Collage Art
Here are some more collage ideas:

Foil Collage (Picklebums)
Snowflake Collage (Tinkerlab)
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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Comments

  1. Adore this idea! Great work. :)

  2. Sheryl, I love this great sensory art activity! It addresses so many skills – fine and visual-motor as well!

  3. What a neat idea! I’m always looking for new things to try with my daughter!

  4. Great stuff! Just hope that you keep the kiddos nice and clean afterwards! Hopefully the clean-up wasn’t too messy!

  5. Oooh my small boy will LOVE doing this… there really is something magical about running your fingers through that rice!
    Thanks for including our link too!


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