Two of my favorite things about Mother Goose Time are the Forest Friends books and the Community Challenges in each lesson. Our community collage wasn’t actually a lesson plan suggestion but it was inspired by the Forest Friends book called A Community Collage A Story About Creativity.
A Community Collage is a story about creativity. Fox, one of our favorite characters, is upset because he can’t draw a tree. He crumples up many pieces of paper before giving up.
Racoon comes along with a piece of cardboard and explains that art comes in many forms. He suggested using the paper to make a collage.
The book details the steps for making a simple collage. I love that the characters use the materials they have on hand, which includes nature items.
In the end, they actually created a tree! Beautiful!
Making a Community Collage
We started with a piece of cardboard too. It was leftover from our Cardboard Murals. I gathered some materials from the art cabinet and cart for us to get started with. We also used the colored letter part pieces from the Haystack lesson.
Everyone took turns gluing materials on the collage.
Later in the day, my older group who no longer naps went outdoors and gathered some nature items to add to our collage. We agreed that leaves, flowers, and sticks add so much to art!
One of the kids decided to go look for some more feathers and found a few.
Look at our beautiful community collage! As soon as it fully dries, we’re going to put it on display in our room.
All ages can participate in making a collage. Some of the little ones squeezed on a lot of glue and the older ones helped fill in the spaces.
I love that Mother Goose Time offers ideas for working on community projects. It promotes teamwork and consideration of others. And there’s such a feeling of pride when it’s complete!