DLTK's Crafts for Kids
loon collageLoon Collage Craft

I particularly like this project because even teenagers can get into collaging, but preschoolers can practice scissor skills with similar techniques.  It's perfect for moms like me with children four years apart.

There are two basic versions of this craft:

Older Children:  have them cut appropriate colors from old magazines or scraps of paper and use snips of the appropriate color to complete the craft.  Collaging is a wonderful art form -- you can use your creativity by doing things like going from darker at the top to lighter near the belly on the wings.

Preschoolers:  This is a great project to use when you are first introducing a child to scissors.  It requires single "snips" only.  Just use black construction paper and a few white scraps to complete the project.

You can also make this a little more challenging by asking older children to create a collage background for your loon (hint:  they live in lakes!).



For Preschoolers:

  • ADULT:  Cut the black construction paper into long, one inch wide strips (you can cut fast, they don't have to be perfect)

ex:  scissor skills

  • show the child how to hold their scissors.
  • let the child snip off pieces from the strips of construction paper...  As the children get older, you can ask them to try to snip perfect squares, but to begin with, just let them snip away

scissor skills

  • Either squeeze the glue onto the template for the child or squeeze some into a margarine container lid and give the child a q-tip or popsicle stick to spread the glue themselves.
  • Let the child fill the template with the snipped pieces -- don't worry that they go over the lines



Loon Template   (color)   or   (B&W)


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