Making Collage Art with Toddlers and Kids

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Whenever we’re looking for activities for kids on a rainy day,  getting out the painting materials always cures our rainy day blues. We had been reading lots of Eric Carle books lately and thought it’d be fun to create some collage paper just like he uses for the illustrations in his books! Here’s how we made our collage paper. 

The first day of the project, we got out our paints, brushes and paper. The kids got busy painting all the paper any colors they wanted. I love that painting is perfect for kids of any age, even toddlers!


Lucy decided to try out some straw painting like she does at school.




The finished paper


And a few days later we added some more paint on top of our original paintings by using different objects to stamp with. We went around the house and found things that would make good stampers~ toilet paper roll, bubble wrap, legos, corks and a toy car!

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Fingers are fun to stamp with too!

Fingers are fun to stamp with too!

And here’s our finished paper~ ready to be used for some collages!


Have you ever done this? What did you make with your collage paper?


  1. Fun idea! We sometimes do this unintentionally when I don’t get around to changing the paper on the easel soon enough. 🙂

  2. We have never done this, but I know my girls would love it. Next time we are snowed or rained in I know what we will be doing! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

  3. I love how you found different objects to use for stamping! Great idea! I pinned this.

  4. What a great idea! I saw a documentary on Eric Carle and how he makes his paper. I love the idea of finding objects around the house for stamping after the paper dries. I will definitely be doing this activity with my two-year-old this week (we’re scheduled for cold and rain, ugh!). Thanks for sharing!

    • Looks like you’ll be in for lots of art activities with that weather! Hope you all enjoy the collage art! I was just looking over your post on your daughter’s valentine playdough cookies~ loving all the sequins and googly eyes! Too cute!

  5. Awesome! I can see some fun projects made with all that beautiful paper. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  6. Wow, how neat! You are definitely ready for some great crafts. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  7. Oh they look great – I bet they were brilliant for collages.

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase.

  8. I love this idea Chelsey! I could have Jake make a bunch of papers for some art projects I have in mind. I love the idea of me doing an art project using my son’s homemade paper. Pinning!

    • What a great idea, Sam! Would love to see what you create! We have a little stack of collage paper we’ve made, and it’s nice to be able to pull from it for various projects. Not to mention, making the collage paper itself is so fun!


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