Play idea: Collage – Mahi toi
Children create art and patterns by arranging different pieces of
material in different shapes. These are then glued onto paper or cardboard.
Collage can help children to:
- learn skills such as gluing, sticking, taping, stapling, cutting, tearing
- experiment with different resources
- socialise with other children as they share materials and tools
- be creative and learn about design, patternmaking, dimension and composition
- gain concentration skills
- learn to solve problems and develop their own ideas.
Support children by:
- keeping spaces and materials tidy and uncluttered
- making sure there is enough equipment and that it is in working order
- having a wide variety of resources available
- talking and listening to them
- using rich descriptive language when talking with them about what they are doing and the equipment and materials they are using
- showing them how to use tools, such as scissors and staplers, properly and safely
- talking with them about environmental sustainability and respecting nature.
Providing for Collage
A large, flat table low enough for children to work on and around is useful. Keep collage items in separate containers, well stocked and displayed next to the table (not on it). This allows children to help themselves and have an uncluttered space to work at. Children can use collage materials outside as well as inside.
Ideas for equipment
- tools such as strong glue, round-ended scissors, staplers, tape, string
- large and small boxes, cartons, tubes, containers, lids
- paper and cardboard – white, coloured, lined, unlined, greeting cards, envelopes, crepe, silver, cellophane, magazines
- string, cord, wool, tape, twine (all colours and thicknesses
Materials: Newspaper, masking tape, straws, and construction paper
Objective: Students will practice communication skills and creativity to complete the task
Divide students into groups of 5-7
Give each group a bag with the following materials: newspaper, masking
tape, straws, and construction paper. Each group should have identical
supplies in their bags.
Each group must design an outfit (dress, suit, pants/shirt, etc.)
They will have 60 minutes to complete the task
When all the groups have completed the task have a fashion show
Have one student from each group introduce their model and describe their
** This activity can also be done with rolls of toilet paper
Although everyone was given the same materials, why are the outfits all different?
Was this activity challenging? If so, why?
What skills did your team need to complete the task?