The Power of Parenting

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Festive Foods Collage

Creative art provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to role play activities he sees other family members doing, such as cooking. To enjoy some Comfort, Play & Teach ™ time together, join him in making a special meal from pictures, glitter and other collage materials!


You will need:
  • Old cooking magazines or grocery store flyers
  • Children's scissors
  • Paper plates
  • White glue and glue stick
  • Powdered paint or food colouring (optional)
  • Glitter



  • As your child cuts out pictures, talk about the different foods. Are there pictures of meat, fruits and vegetables, grains and dairy products? Talk about what interests him about the pictures and why he wants them as part of his meal.
  • Encourage your child to glue different pictures onto paper plates, creating his own special meal. Add a little paint or food colouring to the white glue so your child can pretend it is mustard, ketchup or gravy! Glitter can be salt, pepper and spices!
  • Later, these creations can become part of his dramatic play when he serves a meal to his stuffed toys.



Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort:Show interest in what your child is creating. As you make comments and ask questions she will feel proud of her creation and be encouraged to continue with the activity.

Play:Invite one or two of your child's friends to participate in the activity. The children can practice important social skills as they work together. They can pretend they are running a restaurant and serve each other the meals they created!

Teach:Ask your child to think of other materials she could use to create a collage (e.g., pieces of fabric, buttons, crumpled tissue). This will develop her problem-solving skills and help her to think creatively.