Child-Led Collage Art

This collage art was completely led by my four year old. He created whatever he wanted to!Child-Led Collage Art - a process art activity

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The process art challenge this week is COLLAGE. We’ve made many collages over the last few years, but usually they have a theme, goal, or specific material. To make this a true process art activity, I taped a piece of card to the table, provided white craft glue and a glue stick, and a HUGE amount of options for my son to add!

  • Feathers
  • Small pieces of tissue paper
  • Sequins (I used the Spangle Mix sent to us by
  • Small pieces of construction paper
  • Straws (I used a mixture of regular plastic straws and some gorgeous paper ones from Aardvark)
  • Googly eyes
  • Short lengths of yarn
  • Stickers (I used some of our crazy creatures foam stickers, also from

Child-Led Collage ArtHe immediately applied a lot of glue and then went for googly eyes.

He decided to make a face which is a huge change for him – his artwork to date has been about 90% random. Next he added sequins for hair. At this point he decided it would be a picture of me!Child-Led Collage Art

He added ears using yarn…Child-Led Collage Art

And a tissue paper nose, and a smile made from straws.


Finished! I didn’t have to help or prompt him at all! And the likeness to me is uncanny. 😉

Child-Led Collage Art

I left everything out and later that day (although wearing a different shirt!) he decided to make another collage. I love how he added googly eyes to the stickers!

This turned into a wildlife scene, and he added green foliage decorations after placing the stickers.Child-Led Collage Art


The Process Art Challenge is hosted by Stir The Wonder. If you’d like some more fantastic inspiration about collage process art, check out these other great posts in the series:

Process Art Challenge

50 Art Techniques for Little Kids - the book


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