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Tissue Paper Collage

Inspired by the work of Eric Carle, this exciting collage lesson will explore color, shape, and pattern with your child's favorite animals.
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The books of Eric Carle have inspired children for years. His creative use of collage and his whimsical stories are ingrained in our culture. With this activity we will explore one of Eric Carle’s books and create our own collages inspired by that experience. This lesson will teach critical thinking, pattern making, and motor skills. Plus, the end result is a beautiful colorful collage of your child’s favorite animal.


Age Group:


-Tissue Paper
-Acrylic Paint
-Recycled objects
-Sponge Brush

*This is an activity that uses paint. While all paint used will be washable, I will also bring a tarp or easy clean up equivalent. The child should wear painting clothes. A controlled and responsible mess is a fun mess.


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Sample Activities and Instructions

First, we will read Eric Carle’s "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and begin to prep our tissue paper materials.
I will ask your child about their favorite animal. We will find a reference photo of that animal and draw it. While looking at the animal we will also discuss the patterns on it’s fur or skin and how we can replicate it.
Using warm and cool colors in fun contrasting ways we will use recycled objects to produce patterns like those on the animal. This step will also be a lesson in color mixing.
We will then cut the animal out of the hand printed paper in parts and assemble it onto the paper with glue!