Fun ideas for Easter holidays – Collage

We had a fantastic day yesterday, we made the playdough as soon as we were up and dressed as both myself and the kids were so excited about it (recipe on my previous post). A batch of bright yellow playdough, warm from the pan, first thing in the morning. Not quite as good as pancakes but it lasted much longer! I left the playdough on the kids little table all day for them to return to when they wanted and I’d say it kept them occupied for about three hours in total, a record for my two. Even by the end of the day the dough was still smooth and moldable, definitely a ‘wonderful’ recipe.

The creation of our playdough - the kids each had a turn mixing

The kids playing with their bright yellow playdough

The weather was actually quite nice yesterday, until it rained in the afternoon. As well as promising playdough to the kids I had also promised puddle jumping. Their memories are so good that as soon as it started raining there were demands for wellies and waterproofs, we walked round the block jumping in the puddles we could find but were happy to get back home as it was quite cold. The skies are blue again this morning but thinking that it was going to rain I have got ideas to do collage with the kids today. This is another of the ideas taken from the book ‘1000 Ways to Amuse Children’. There is a whole section about collage, it lists the useful things to have, to get you started, and a list of possibilities for sticking down.

Useful things to have

  • Large pieces of paper, the stiffer the better
  • Corrugated card
  • Sheets of card
  • Containers for all the bits and pieces
  • Glue – PVA is best
  • Brush or lolly stick to spread glue
  • Small, round ended scissors
  • Framing material
  • A selection of items to make the pictures
  • Damp cloth


  • Preserved leaves or flowers
  • Fabric pieces
  • Bits of wool
  • Embroidery silks
  • Bits of string
  • Drinking straws
  • Wood shavings
  • Sawdust
  • Bits of wood
  • Used matchsticks
  • Bottle tops
  • Odd beads or buttons
  • Seeds (sunflower, melon, marrow and seed heads)
  • Fir cones
  • Sand
  • Lentils, macaroni, rice, any shaped pasta
  • Salt, semolina, ground spices, herbs, cocoa, coffee, tea
  • Any breakfast cereal
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Twigs
  • Wadding
  • Shells

The idea of collage really appeals to me as I need to go through our magazine rack and know that there are a few magazines in there that will have perfect bits for the kids to rip out. I’m not sure how many of the other ‘possibilities’ we will use as this is the first time we will have done any sticking together and I am just trying to limit the possibilities for mess! We did very well with the playdough yesterday and managed to keep it in the kitchen so I have high hopes for todays crafty project.

Hope your week is going well, can’t believe it’s Wednesday already.

Has anyone else tried the playdough recipe? Do you have any ideas for doing collage with the kids?

For now,


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5 thoughts on “Fun ideas for Easter holidays – Collage

  1. Oooh what a lovely and fun activity! Nothing quite like homemade playdough. Love your photographs! 🙂

    And thanks for joining in with Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

    • Thank you so much for letting me get involved in Kids Get Crafty, I have only just got brave enough to start proper crafting with my two and am really enjoying it as are the kids. Looking forward to coming back to look at more ideas from your super blog. xxx

      • Aah isn’t it great when your kids are “finally” old enough to do lots of crafts with them?! Onwards on upwards 🙂 look forward to more crafty goodness from you too!


  2. Your yellow play dough looks great and fab example to the kids you made it yourself

    • Thanks Becky, our mum used to make it for us and part of the fun of it was the warm dough straight out of the pan. It has provided the kids with hours of fun in the two days that we have had it 🙂 xxx

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