Sometimes the most simple idea for an art project for kids ends up being a favorite. I love how these projects turned out and I am so proud of how focused the children were when creating them. We have been working on learning shapes, so this art project tied in perfectly.
Since I teach young kids, I need to be organized so 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. If you do this activity at home, just having an assortment of different sized shapes and colors is a great way to introduce the activity.
For this activity, I filled each bin with different colored construction paper that I cut in a variety of shapes of different sizes (squares, rectangles, circles, triangles etc). I had each child choose a large sheet of card stock paper.
Children then began creating any picture that they wanted, only using the shapes that were in the bins. (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 to enhance their pictures. I was very proud of how focused in creating their picture they all were. It was a great way to bring some math into our art class!
Being able to create art using specific 2D shapes is a skill taught throughout the primary grades. This is a simple art activity that easily incorporates math. It is an easy way to get kids excited about both math and art in one great art project for kids!
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