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Tuesday 6th October

Good morning everyone,

I hope that you are all ok and have all spoken to your key person. They will check in with you again this week so do look out for a withheld number. If you prefer you can e-mail your key person directly and arrange a call at a time that suits you.

Today I am going to revisit a popular creative activity in nursery.

Collage

 The word Collage comes from the French word coller, meaning 'to glue', it is a work of art made from assembling different materials on a chosen surface to create a new whole.

Children love to make a collage because it is an open ended activity, there is no right or wrong and they are free to experiment and move materials around before deciding on their final position.

Creating a collage includes selecting, tearing, cutting, sticking and discussion, and as these skills develop, more complex processes can be introduced. Children should be able to choose from a wide range of materials in a variety of colours, texture and shapes. It is not necessary to have an end product but materials can be fixed with glue if your child wishes.

Basic collage-making

Firstly, collect materials, different paper, bubble wrap, foil, sweet wrappers, scraps of material, wool, string, ribbon, lace, buttons, old magazines etc., Children love to sort collage materials such as buttons, ribbons, pieces of wool etc., into bowls or tubs.

Make a space for the collage to be created on, any flat surface, such as wood, cardboard, pieces of newspaper will do.

Let the children cut, rip, tear scrunch and make the collage, they can arrange then glue down the materials, or gradually build up an image by adding each new element individually.

Modelling

There is no right or wrong way to make a collage. However, when making a collage with your child model the skills they need so the children can make the most of this exciting experience, for example: tearing paper; using scissors; spreading glue; arranging and rearranging objects on a chosen surface; sticking down items on to a surface; and photographing the results.

Talk as you work together introduce new vocabulary related to the texture of the materials for example, smooth, bumpy, rough or silky.

Some children will create with a purpose in mind, for example they might be creating a scene, a person or a favourite animal, other children will be very precise and ordered when placing and choosing materials and other children will enjoy experimenting moving materials around until they are satisfied. There is no right or wrong and this is activity is about the process not the product,

So today why not collect some materials from around the house and get busy with collage. We would love to see photos of your work so do send them in for your child’s special book and the blog.

The story in nursery this week was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle.

You can listen to it by clicking on the link below.

Have a good day

A friend from Red Class making salt dough

Let's make a collage

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See (Read by Gwyneth Paltrow)

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