Collaging For Preschoolers

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Easy collaging project for preschoolers- exploring color and composition.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you can probably tell I’m completely smitten with colored card stock. I think this stems from just really wanting beautiful, saturated colored paper when I was a kid, but we only had the regular, cheap old dull stuff. Sigh.

Another thing I’m smitten with is easy art projects; especially when I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with things. This time of year tends to do that, eh….?

Paper collaging is something I turn to quite often around here, not just because it’s super-easy. It also helps kids practice with composition and color without the added step of creating the color themselves. The opportunities for collaging are endless.


I chose a vibrant blue for the background, punched out a bunch of circles (our big punch is still a bit much for Beckett to handle), laid out the buttons, and let him go for it.

Dots and button collaging for preschoolers •

I love the contrast of him working with these materials as opposed to paints. Paint tends to bring out the messy, adventurous side of kids, while paper collage seem to encourage slow thoughtfulness. Do you find this to be true with your kids, too?


collaging with dots and buttons - easy preschool art project

I helped a little with the glue application on the buttons, too. It was fun to watch him choose his colors and placement, and then declare when he was finished.

Preschoolers love to collage with paper and buttons


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  1. 12/07/2013 / 1:56 pm

    Collages are fun! Good to know that glue works with buttons, too.

  2. 12/07/2013 / 4:34 pm

    My little one calls it ‘Sticking’ and now that he has figured it out is constantly asking if he can do ‘some sticking’. 🙂

  3. 12/22/2013 / 5:39 pm

    What a great idea! Found you via Pintrest. I save my circle cut outs from Silhouette projects and when I have to teach the 3 yrs. olds in church I bring a bunch of my ‘scraps’ for them to glue. They LOVE it! I agree that there is some extra thought when it is glue vs. paint to use. Though some boys just like watching the white glue pour out…which makes glue sticks less sloppy for them to clean up.

    • 12/28/2013 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks Libby! I love glue sticks for the neatness factor, too. But really, how fun is th messiness of pouring glue out all over the place?! 🙂

  4. 02/21/2016 / 8:41 am

    You totally deserve the good card stock! I’m glad that you finally have your hands on it!

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