Cats and Scraps or Scraps and Cats (simple art and craft activity)
Do your children cut out pieces of paper for various art activities?
Being a little bit of a teacher I occasionally go through periods where I collect these left over pieces of paper which is where this simple art activity comes in. Lots of the leftovers for this activity came from our city scapes.
This is a great activity for:
- a rainy day
- to teach flexible thinking
- to encourage using left over materials
- left over pieces of scrap paper (smaller than the size of the palm of a child's hand). Any shape, any colour.
- a plain piece of paper
What to do:
This is a great activity to model first and to model thinking skills.
1) Bring out the box of left over pieces of paper. Hold up a couple of pieces and ask the students what the shape reminds them of. If needed give a couple of your own examples of what you think a piece of paper looks like.
2) Introduce the name of the activity 'cats and scraps.' Hold a piece of paper and say 'Do you think this could be a part of a cat or something the cat sees or does?' Using the suggestions of the child model your own. Here is mine:
3) I allow the children to combine pieces of paper anyway they want. I usually do not allow them to cut out pieces of new paper as I use this activity as a way to encourage recycling and using what we have around.
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