For a quick collage with cotton balls project you only need a tray, construction paper, cotton balls, and glue. Any color cotton balls will do.
There is no teacher direction as to where to glue the cotton balls on the paper (except to glue on the paper!). Children look at the paper and problem solve and plan how and where to place their cotton balls on their own paper.
Adults/teachers/parents get to do 2 things in our role: observe and ask questions.
Observe during this activity to see if children:
- glue one cotton ball at a time onto the paper
- create patterns with the colored/white cotton balls
- create shapes with the cotton balls
- glue cotton balls on top of other cotton balls
Questions to encourage thinking:
- How do the cotton balls feel?
- What can you use besides glue to make the cotton balls stick?
- How much glue does it take to make them stick?
- When I cut the cotton ball in half, how many do I have? How do you know? Are you sure?
In addition, children may:
- create a 3 dimensional form
- explore the soft texture
- arranging cotton balls
- create patterns
So fun! I’d love to hear how you like and use this collage with cotton balls activity!