Does a Square need to be Perfect? (literacy art projects)

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perfect square

The perfect square was actually the perfect excuse to do some collages with kids. Any reader of this blog will know how much I love collages and you can refer to my 24 of the best most creative kids collagesĀ to see some of the best collages.

This activity is one of the simplest you can give children to do. Just give them a bunch of squares and see what they can do with them.

As I always say, you can have the same activity for a 3 yr old and a 10 yr old and each can create according to their age level.

Below are a number of samples of widely varying levels of work that some of the children did with the squares they were given.

You can always make small changes like giving them squares in different materials and even changing the background from a regular sheet of paper to a square or something more exotic.

square 9

square 1


square 2


square 3


square 5


square 6

Another activity we gave for this book The Perfect Square was a torn paper collage. They got 2 squares, one was for ripping and the other was the background.

4 square torn paper collages

A more advanced activity would be to give the children a square, have them rip it up or cut it and then let them recreate that square onto a another sheet. I’d love to hear how that goes if you try it with your child. Remember, a child that is too young will probably not be able to do this.

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