Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The art of collages - Making scissor skills fun

Last year when we met with my son's kindergarten teacher she provided us with a set of cutting exercises sheets so that he could practice his cutting skills at home.  We did a few of them but the truth was it seemed like work to him and he was very disinterested.



He was obsessed with all things hockey so I pulled out the sports section of the newspaper, a few Sports Illustrated magazines, some glue and a long piece of paper (IKEA easel paper).  I showed him how he could cut out words and images to create a collage. He was hooked. He spent the next two hours happily cutting and never once thought of it as practice or work.


When he finished we hung the collage on his door. He was so proud.  As the weeks went on I often found him cutting out more pictures and filling in any white space that he had left.


It turns out I created a collage monster. This is the bin that he keeps under his bed with all his collage supplies...

The under the bed bin full of collages in progress
that I've culled many times to ensure it fits under the bed

...and this is the book he keeps working on. I'm not sure it will ever be finished in his eyes.

Collage, collage, collage - hockey, baseball, basketball, football.


Sometimes it just takes a little thinking outside of the box to help our kids hone their skills and turn play into a learning opportunity.


 

2 comments :

  1. Love it! What a great way to teach your child both fine motor skills and to embrace their creativity all in one shot.

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    1. Thanks Krissy! He is still going strong. The focus changes - right now it is LEGO Ninjago - but the process is all the same.

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