Collage crafts

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By Karen Hart

Children love using collage. It’s quick, easy, and always seems to give great results. There’s also something of a treasure-hunt quality about collage making, as you never quite know what bits and pieces you’ll find along the way – transforming your creation into a smashing work of art.

  1. Make a robot collage
  2. Make a camouflage picture
  3. Make a Dali-inspired collage picture
  4. Newspaper collage picture
  5. Collages with a message
  6. Flying bugs

Make a robot collage

Robot collage

This craft activity makes a good wet play activity – it’s quick and easy to set up and creates very little mess . Try keeping this black and white or use bright colours like we did – the contrast helps to highlight the striking patterns.

You will need:
  • White, self-adhesive ring binder reinforcement stickers
  • Black or coloured A3 or A4 paper or paper-card for backing
  • White or brightly coloured paper or paper-card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • The first thing to do is to draw your design. Jot down a few ideas on scrap paper, trying to be as imaginative as possible.
  • You can cut individual shapes from your robot sketch to use as templates, then cut out sections of coloured card to make your robot, gluing all the bits in place as you go.
  • Once you’re happy with the basic shape of your robot, have a think about where you could place the stickers to make your robot look really mechanical and – get sticking!
  • Finish your robot picture with a brightly coloured frame to make it really stand out.
  • We chose robots for our designs as their mechanical looks worked well with the little cog-like stickers, but you could use them to make anything you like, such as space creatures, monsters or free-style patterns. You can also colour the stickers on the sheet before using them to create colourful pictures.
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