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Textured Mixed Media Collage

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What you need:

  • Textured items cut into pieces for collaging – if your child is under three, or puts objects into his/her mouth, avoid small items that are choking hazards (material suggestions: cardboard with top layer of paper peeled off, fabric, silky ribbon, yarn, foil, cotton balls, lentils, beans, toothpicks, burlap, sandpaper, wax paper, paper doilies, pipe cleaners, plastic straws, feathers, paper that has been crumpled and smoothed out, sandpaper)

  • Paper, cardboard or cardstock (depending on the materials you are gluing down)

  • waterproof placemat or table cloth/garbage bag

  • apron or art clothes

  • damp cloth for cleaning hands

  • small trays/containers for collaging items

  • liquid glue and spreader, brush or q-tip



  1. Cover a table with a waterproof placemat (or garbage bag).

  2. Put a small amount of glue in container and place out spreader.

  3. Place carboard or cardstock on table.

  4. Have a damp cloth and cleaning supplies close by.

  5. Put out collaging pieces.


First Presentation:

  1. “Today we are going to make a collage.  We are going to glue items down on the paper.  They all feel different”

  2. “Here is the glue and objects to collage with.” 

  3. “Watch me glue on the cardboard.” Spread some glue.

  4. “I am going to put this shiny/rough/smooth/bumpy item down.”

  5. “I am going to choose another item.”

  6.  “Your turn.”

  7. Let your child experiment.


Variation: Choose white/light items to glue down and then paint after.

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