Kids love to cut or tear out pictures from magazines so instead of scolding them for ruining your latest catalog, turn it into a fun and easy art project and make collage books. Since this is a process art project, you may find the term "collage" only applies loosely, but that's okay. It's all about having fun!
As a bonus, the act of using scissors or tearing paper is excellent fine motor practice!
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What you need:
Old magazines or catalogs.
Paper, preferably sturdy paper like construction paper or card stock.
Scissors. Alternatively, little hands can tear out photos instead of cutting them.
Pipe cleaner, brads or ribbon. This will be used to bind the book together. Use whatever you have on hand. Even a bit of string will do.
Optional: number stickers or marker to mark the page numbers
This is a child-led project. Provide them with the materials and explain the process of choosing photos and gluing them to the paper.
There is no need to guide them on what photos to choose or how to place them. If children request help with cutting or tearing, that's okay! Give them the help they request, but encourage them to make their own decisions as much as possible.
Once the child has chosen the photos, they glue them however they want to the paper. Sometimes photos may be upside-down!
The child can add page numbers if desired. And sometimes they may add more than one:
After all the pages are completed, punch holes in the sides where the binding will go. An adult may need to complete this task, as hole punchers can require a bit of strength.
Thread the pipe cleaner or other binding material through the holes.
Final step: Have your child read you their book!
If there leftover photos and clippings, set them aside for a future collage project like this one:
Published 2008, updated 2023.