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Paper Collage

Rectangles and Squares

What you need:

  • small amount of liquid glue (optional: glue stick)

  • brush, glue spreader or q-tip

  • placemat

  • damp cloth

  • square and rectangle themed collage materials (some ideas: Post-it notes, cut paper into squares and rectangles, use strips of patterned paper)

  • paper to glue on



  1. Set out placemat

  2. Put a small amount of glue in a small container

  3. Place brush and objects to glue in the tray or on the placemat

  4. Have a damp cloth available

  5. Note: If you are using Post-It Notes, show your child how to separate or you may choose to have some separated already


First Presentation:

  1.  “Today we are going to do some collaging.”

  2. “I dip my brush in the glue.”

  3. “Watch me spread the glue on the paper.”

  4. “Now I put a circle/paper on the glue.”

  5. Demonstrate collaging.

  6. “Your turn.”



Notes: If you use a brush, make sure to wash with warm water and dish soap when finished.

You can tint the glue with a little bit of paint so your child can see where the glue is on the paper.

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