Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Low-Tech Fun: Hand-Made Collages for ALL Ages

As I've mentioned before, we receive a million magazine subscriptions, thanks to the various rewards programs we participate in.  We read them, pass them on, keep them, recycle them... you name it.  It was snowing here last week and we were looking for something fun to do.  I spied a Better Homes & Gardens laying around and an idea sprang to mind.  It was collage-time!

This project is fun and simple, yet allows you to reap many rewards....
  • Maybe your child needs a little help with their cutting skills... Making collages is a great way to make scissor practice FUN.
  • It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.  You can have your child look for certain words and letters to make phrases, certain shapes, certain themes... The possibilities are endless.
  • Depending on your child's age, you can encourage them to make a scene out of the pictures.  For example - they can cut out various scenery, people, and objects and reassemble them to make a new scene.   When I took art in high school, we did this quite often and it was amazing to see what people came up with.
  • Even for adults, collage making allows the creative juices to flow.  Just try it and you'll see!
If you need more inspiration for grown-up applications, try these hand-made collages from around the web on for size.... But, if you wind up making a collage with pictures of the guys in the Twilight movies, your secret is safe with me!

It can be inspirational....
Use creative materials, like comics

Include mixed-media
Combine vivid pictures and textures

Be a great gift!

How about you?  What low-tech ways do you have fun?