Prior to this learning opportunity, you can encourage children to bring old magazines or calendars from their home. During this activity, the educator can explain that instead of throwing away certain materials we can re-use them to protect our environment and reduce waste.
See the adaptation section below, for a fantastic video on plastic pollution and waste for children.
Ask the children if they have you ever heard of patchwork before or collage making? Explain patchwork and show examples of quilts or patchwork art to the children to elicit curiosity.
Answer questions the children may have and draw attention to the secondary artistic pieces you show them (see picture 2 and 3 for some examples).
The various colours can be placed in “colour-piles”, to easily use the paper pieces for the new design. Children may want to stick the ripped paper pieces on the paper how ever they think looks best.
Give the children an opportunity to use and play with the materials own way. They may wish to sort the pieces of paper by shape, colour, size or place it on the paper in random orders.