Pebble has been OBSESSED by colour lately. She groups everything by colour – her dolls, teddies, dress ups, crayons, crafty bits, bowls, spoons, food – you name it, it’s been sorted. This weekend I found myself with a stack of junk mail and some big sheets of coloured card board (thanks Aunty Jade!) and knew just what to do with them. Colour collage!
As an invitation to play I set up some cut out pictures from the junk mail, extra catalogues, a glue stick and a sheet of card, then put them out ready for Pebble to start playing. It was a Sunday morning and she was still in her PJs (a common theme around here – I do dress my child occasionally, I promise!). This was the perfect quiet activity as Pebble was feeling a bit flat with a cold.
While I had a goal in mind with this activity – colour collage – who knew where Pebble would want to take it! Sure enough though she was soon putting the colours together into groups. She stuck down a few pictures, spending concentrated moments with glue stick in hand, applying just the right amount, then sticking her pictures in the perfect spot. A bit of a perfectionist, is our kid – she doesn’t get it from me! After about four pictures though, she wandered off, taking a fistful of pictures with her. Pebble started to sing about macaroni, and was stuffing the pictures into her pencil pots… ok! So we had a little mini macaroni play, stopped for a drink of milk, and left the collage for a bit.
Not long after Pebble came back to visit the collage, ready for another go. This time she was directing the colour placement as I did the sticking. We made a fun and game of Mummy not knowing what colour each picture was, or where to put it – silly mummy! I love hamming it up :P We searched for new pictures in the catalogues and Pebble chose which ones to cut out and stick.
Then she started telling me about each picture, so I grabbed a pen and wrote down some of what she was saying. She was very curious to see her words appear on the page (and I caught myself in a very school teacher moment, whoops, just can’t help myself).
Finally she wanted to share her collage with Daddy. Paul sat on the floor with her, but Pebble was much happier to drag a chair over and sit on it, pointing and “teaching” Daddy about all the pictures. “I did lots and lots of teachin’, Mummy!”. Yeah, she did.
But wait, there’s more! Did you know that catalogues make great mini cubbies? Well apparently they do. You just need to hide your head under one and you’ve got a really cosy cubby. Who knew it was that simple?
Have you made a collage lately?
Do you like wearing your PJs on a lazy Sunday morning?