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Toddler Colour Collage


Toddler Colour Collage

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.

Collage supplies

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.

Choosing just the right one - toddler colour collage

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.

show and tell for Daddy - colour collage

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?

collage cubby

Have you made a collage lately?

Do you like wearing your PJs on a lazy Sunday morning?


  1. Very clever and so inventive, using the catalogs to cut out things she could use. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Thank you, there are so many things you can to do with catalogues, not to mention plan some naughty shopping trips!

  2. What a beautiful idea. I love your idea to write your daughter’s descriptions of the items down. I going to follow, so I look forward to seeing what else you come up with!
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  3. great idea, I’ll save some pics for Charlotte to sort and stick on our window

  4. I love this idea! I need to do this with my boys. My oldest is all about sorting colors and the younger one is starting to do that now. Thanks for sharing!!
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  5. What a great idea! I don’t have little one anymore, but I teach 1st grade religious education and I could work this in to a lesson. I can’t wait to spend some time clicking around your wonderful blog to see what else you have posted here. Thanks for linking up with “Pay It Forward”. I hope you’ll continue to join us!
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  6. Just want to thank you for dropping by in my blog and leaving a nice comment. Your blog is wonderful. I love crafting, cooking and of course family. And your blog has all of it. see you around:)

  7. We’ve done this too. You just reminded me that I’ve been wanting to do a shapes collage as well. Thanks!

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