Kids art collage box

This is a fantastic project for little ones as it is just about gluing and making patterns. The cardboard tray base also helps keep the mess contained! I love the freedom this project allows and you really don't need any fancy craft materials, just raid the recycling box and anything else you can find around the house.


  • A shoe box lid (or make your own cardboard tray)
  • Multi purpose craft glue
  • Items from the craft cupboard like wooden craft sticks, pom poms, beads, coloured paper, fabric scraps etc.
  • Items from the recycling bin like bottle tops, cardboard tubes or bead tags


Give your little ones the glue, box lid, lots of pretty materials and let them make a beautiful mess. I find with little ones it is best to put the glue in a bowl with a brush rather than giving them a squeezy bottle. It helps then not to use too much glue, my little one has the tendency to squeeze out the WHOLE bottle of glue onto her artwork! There really is no right or wrong with this project, it's all about the process.

colourful collage materials on a traycolourful kids abstract collages


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