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Simply Shapes Collage

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

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Kindergarten
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    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.
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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.

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