Simply Shapes Collage

Have fun with sponges and paint! Students create a beautiful collage of fun shapes.

  • 1.

    For this activity, cut sponges into interesting shapes.

  • 2.

    Cut Crayola® Construction Paper into larger versions of the sponge shapes. Cut enough for each student to have seven pieces of construction paper shapes.

  • 3.

    Pour various colors of Crayola Kid’s Washable Paint into plastic containers.

  • 4.

    Ask students to dampen the sponges with water.

  • 5.

    Invite students to pick seven pieces of pre-cut construction paper and find a sponge that has a similar shape. (This step could be skipped if you prepare students with the sponges and paper at their seats).

  • 6.

    Ask students to dip the sponges into the paint and gently press it onto the piece of construction paper.

  • 7.

    Ask students to repeat step 6 until they have printed paint onto all of their pre-cut shaped paper.

  • 8.

    Allow the paint to dry overnight.

  • 9.

    Give each student a Crayola Glue stick. Ask the students to glue their shapes onto a large piece of construction paper.

  • 10.

    When the art is complete, ask students to find a partner and count each other’s shapes! Encourage students to describe the attributes of each of their shapes.


  • 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.
  • MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
  • MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
  • MATH: Classify objects and count the number of objects in categories.
  • MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • VA: Engage in imaginative play with materials.


  • This project could be used to teach specific shapes. Create paper and sponges in the shape of squares, circles and triangles.
  • Students could use crayons instead of paint.
  • Older students could crop shapes on the edges of their design.
  • This project could also be used to introduce complimentary or contrasting colors.