The girls love to make collages. It’s a great activity for reusing old magazines and ads that come in the mail. In fact, last Mother’s Day, the girls made me a collage of all my favorite things. On it were pictures of black beans and goat cheese (thank you Bon Appetite!) and bikes, flowers, and pictures of Italy. They know me so well. Anyway, anytime we’re done with a magazine, we put it in a stack so that we can later cut pictures out for collage art.
Here in Missouri, we get a free magazine called Missouri Conservationist. The Department of Conservation puts it out and all you have to do is sign up! They also have a kid’s conservation magazine called Xplor. Sadly, many households probably toss these straight into the recyclying bin. At our house, they are the most exciting mail of the month! Our girls love it when a new magazine arrives. Sometimes, we leave them in the car for roadtrip reading and other times we bring them in and the girls love to flip through the pages and name all the animals and creatures they see. When we’re done with the magazines, we make the coolest conservation collage art! Here’s how…
- Conservation magazine cut-outs (any animal/nature magazine will do!)
- Construction paper or poster board
- Glue (glue sticks or white school glue work the best!)
- Crayons, markers, watercolors, glitter glue, + anything else you want to add on
First, I like to lay out all of the magazine cut-outs and let the girls pick a few of them for their first collage. (I should also mention that I cut the pictures out of the magazines ahead of time. If your children are able, they could certainly do this part themselves!) Then, we glue the pictures on. Addie is starting to figure out how to use the glue all by herself. Ingrid still needs a bit of assistance. After our page has all of the magazine cut-outs on it that we want, we decorate it! We usually start with simpler art supplies like crayons and markers. The girls doodle on their pages. We add hats and words and funny little shapes. Next, we add glitter glue! The girls LOVE this stuff. Same as before, Addie can do it alone. Ingrid needs some help. Depending on the age and abilities of your kidlems, you may have to help a little bit here and there. Sometimes we even add pom-poms or googly eyes. You can really add anything you have on hand.
I love making conservation magazine collage art with the girls because each masterpiece is completely different than the one before. I love watching the girls as they make decisions about which animals or scenes to choose and decide how to decorate their collages. And if I’m being completely honest, this is one of the art projects that holds their attention for more than a few minutes. They love it!
If you are needing a new art project idea or if you get bored during your next rainy afternoon, make some conservation magazine collage art! Don’t have a nature magazine? Any magazine will do! A food one would be fun, too! When you make your collages, I’d love to see them! Snap a photo and tag me (@lacystroess) on Instagram!
Have fun! -L