Shape Collage with Tempera Paint


Learn About Shapes by Making a Shape Collage and Using Paint and Cut Out Shapes. Easy activity for your children and a great way to reinforce shape recognition.
Creating a shape collage and using paint.


  • Tempera Paint
  • Brush and Container for paint
  • White sheet of construction paper or card stock
  • Pre-cut shapes


  • Have child paint the paper first.
  • Place a small dab of paint to back of cut shape and press onto paper..
  • Let dry.

Tips and Suggestions

  • There are special containers that can be purchased for tempera paints that help prevent spills, offers an edge to wipe excess paint and covers for future use but an inexpensive container that works well are muffin tins.
  • For children just learning their shapes, focus on one shape at a time.

Other Ideas

  • Cut the background sheet into the selected collage shape. In other words, place triangle shapes on a painted triangle shape.
  • Make into a card or use as wrapping paper.
  • Frame as a gift to a loved one. Small frames in sets of 3 make a nice collage of photos.

Educational Tips

  • Concepts that can be pointed out are variation of shapes (triangle), size (large, small, long)
  • Count number of shapes used
  • Reinforce color identification
  • For a child who is familiar with shapes, cut shapes in various colors and have them identify each as they use them, use shape and color words to reinforce recognition.