Serendipity Shape Collages

Serendipity Shape Collages lesson plan

Inside a folded geometric shape, students place a drop of Crayola Glitter It! Mixing Medium and paint. Fold and then open it for a surprise! Create a sparkling collage of colorful shapes.

  • 1.

    Provide students with Crayola Scissors to cut construction paper into different shapes in a variety of sizes. Or instruct students to tear paper to get interesting edges and shapes. Crease each shape in the center.

  • 2.

    Have students cover their art area with recycled newspaper. Using a Crayola Brush, students place a tiny drop each of Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint and Glitter It! Mixing Medium in the crease. Fold the shape in half.

  • 3.

    When children uUnfold the shape they will see a one-of-a-kind design. Lay the shape flat to air-dry. Repeat this process with all of their shape cut-outs.

  • 4.

    Encourage students to arrange sparkly shapes on construction paper in a pleasing way. Attach them with Crayola Glue Sticks. Propose that students leave some papers partially folded if so desired for a 3-D effect. Air-dry overnight.

  • 5.

    Name all the shapes other children used in their collages.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • MATH: Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander; The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns; Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban; Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Using a large piece of paper, students investigate one shape and then begin a collaborative mural with just that shape. Once all students have made a contribution with one particular shape, select a second shape and have all students contribute again to the class mural. Continue until the shapes study is complete.
  • Students create story characters using a favorite shape. Students name their shape and identify characteristics of the shape. Students collaborate to write a short story about their shape characters.