Today’s heart sensory collage explores tactile sensations, cutting, and fine motor skills. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this seemed like a great opportunity to create with red materials. This child-led activity give C a chance to explore materials he collected with minimal instruction from me.
- Red objects in various textures, shapes, and shades
- Construction Paper
- Heart Template
Have your child collect red objects in various textures, sizes, shapes, and shades. C gravitated to varying shades of red and magenta. He chose pom-poms, beads, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, colored goggle-eyes, buttons, felt, string, sequins, letters, textured paper, and a beaded necklace. After he collected his loose materials, I arranged them inside a wooden tray in a visually stimulating way.
Next, I printed out the heart template, than he cut it out. I cleaned up his cut before he began. After choosing red glitter construction paper, he traced the heart template onto the paper. After my cutting and tracing support, C began exploring the materials he chose, with no specific set of directions or purpose.
He immediately grabbed the beaded necklace and began cutting – great for those much-needed preschool cutting skills. As I was watching him, I immediately thought of Racheous activity Montessori Golden Beads. She has lots of great Montessori inspired activities on her site.
This sensory experience was simple, fun and educational. He kept saying, “Look! It’s a heart Mommy!” He continued to explore all the parts. I wasn’t sure if he would use the glue or just play with the parts.
After cutting most of the beads, he began gluing them, outlining the heart. This alone kept him happy and focused for 15 minutes! That’s long in preschool land. I will definitely be doing more bead activities with him in the future.
Once he finished his outline, he began exploring all the different textures and colors of the materials. He started with the letters and textured paper, moving them all around the paper. It was interesting to see what his intentions where with the materials. He began commenting on how they felt. We continued to discuss ways to explore the items. Are they soft? What shapes do you see? Bigger and smaller differences?
Once he decided he’d like to glue them, I helped him at his request. We used school glue and tacky glue for the large pieces. After it dried, we hung it on his art wall for easy access to explore. This multi-sensory collage makes a sweet Valentine’s card too. Don’t forget to add a message to your dear Valentine.For free updates on all our fun activities, please consider Subscribing by Email or RSS Feed. Connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Goggle+.