Sand and Tissue Collages


R was 16 months old at the time of this activity


Swimmy by Leo Lionni – Swimmy is a great story about a little fish who over came adversity and encouraged others to not be afraid. Leo Lionni writes wonderful stories that have many life lessons.  I loved using her books in my classroom as a spring board for discussing many topics such as bullying or self esteem.


1. Sandy Scene

IMG_9194I’ve finally put sand in half of R’s sand and water table.  I pulled out the shells again and offered her an invitation to play.  She went back and forth between the water and sand and was engaged for over 30 mins.  R especially enjoyed using a smaller shell as a scoop to fill a larger shell with sand.  Offering children simple items to play with is a great way to engage their imagination and to see their ability to represent one object as something else.  Here, R used a shell as a scoop.


2. Tissue Jellies

IMG_9162 IMG_9200I began this activity by exploring pictures on google images of jellyfish with R.  She enjoyed scrolling through all the photos.  I had done a similar activity during our goldilocks week and thought it would be fun for R to get more practice with gluing.  She made a collage with coloured tissue paper.  She first covered the surface of the paper with water using a brush (last time we used watered down glue) and then put tissue paper down.  I encouraged her to use different colours to represent different parts of the image.  She often wanted to dump the entire contents of the bowls, but I continued to encourage her to use a few pieces of tissue paper at a time.  Once all the tissue paper was used up, she put the brush down and walked off.  She was done!

Extension Activities:

a. Allow the child to first draw an underwater theme on the water colour paper using a black permanent marker.

b. Have the child tell you a story about what is happening in the photo and the adult can scribe the story for the child.

3. Ocean Invitation

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As soon as R saw this activity out, she started shouting “wow” over and over. I set up an “under water” fort with a variety of sea creatures inside.  The fort was made very simply using two large couch cushions and a light blue sheet draped over top.  There were either one, two or three of a kind of a creature hidden about.  I asked R to locate a specific creature (such as an octopus) and then I would count the number she found.  I’d then ask her to find a different one, and I’d count again.

Extension Activities:
a. Have the child count the items on his/her own.
b. Ask the child to locate a sea creature that begins with a specific letter.  For example, find a sea creature that begins with the letter “C”.

Check out the rest of the Beach & Ocean Theme:
1. Beach in a Bin
2. Puffy Sand Painting
3. Sand and Tissue Collages
4. Fishy Songs
5. Sticky Sand Structures

4 thoughts on “Sand and Tissue Collages

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