Sometimes the most simple idea for an art project for kids ends up being a favourite. I love how these projects turned out and I am so proud of how focused my students were when creating them. We have been working on learning shapes, so this art project tied in well. (For our other recent shape lessons, check out our Shape Hunt and Shape Number Talk.)
Since I teach prep, I need to be organized enough that I can quickly get supplies out so kids can start working, but also so that everything can be cleaned up quickly. I find having small bins to keep everything together and ready to be set on each table works best for me. For this activity, I filled each bin with different coloured construction paper that I cut in a variety of shapes (squares, rectangles, circles, triangles etc). I had students choose a sheet of card stock paper. I then let them go and create any picture that they wanted, only using the shapes that were in the bin. (If there was a shape that they really needed, I did have some extra construction paper and scissors on hand.)
Their art was amazing! I was so impressed by what they came up with. I encouraged them to keep adding details, but beyond this reminder, they were very focused in creating their picture. It was a great way to bring some math into our art class!