Count, sort and create! Using various beans create an abstract collage or a fun one. Make shapes, letters and animals. Could be an art activity for a plant unit as well.
- 1 Bag of Soup beans (4-6 children)Or a variety of beans pre-sorted if preferred
Small Dishes or paper plates for Beans
Oaktag or Cardboard
Craft Glue (dries stronger, faster) much easier to set beans in place.
Q-tips for individual placement of beans
Small sponge brush to apply glue in areas where beans will be randomly placed.
- Read a book if you are doing this as an activity. We have a few suggestions below.
- Sort and Count beans if you'd like to add that as part of the activity.
- Discuss size and color and shape of beans. Talk about what bean would be good to use for the ground, animal or object you are making.
- Draw with pencil lightly a sketch of what you would like your bean collage to look like.
- Plan a picture on a workspace and then glue beans onto the cardboard.
Tips and Suggestions
- Plan your picture before you start gluing. It will help to decide on the size of board you need as well as to consider how it will look when finished.
- For small beans we brushed on small areas of glue in a thick layer and then sprinkled the beans.
- Print out pictures of a book if you are using the story to generate pictures.
- Make simple patterns with the beans. Provide a lined piece of cardboard with rows for them to glue their patterns on it.
- Write their first name on a piece of cardboard and have them glue on beans to form the letters.
- Make a simple outline of a picture for younger children and have them glue on the beans to decorate.