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 Junk modelling/collage




Different sized boxes, Sellotape, glue, paper, foil, cardboard, lid tops, pasta, newspaper, sweet wrappers, sequins, bottle tops, fabrics, magazines, lace, glitter, shredded paper, glue, glue stick.


What to do


  • Cover a table or floor area with protective mat or other covering.

  • Put out a wide range of materials, so that children can make choices and develop their own ideas.  

  • Supervise so that the activity is safe and so that no sharp scissors are left around.

  • Encourage children to cut, stick and hold materials.

  • The fine manipulative and gross manipulative skills and hand-eye co-ordination will help development, physically.

  • Talk with children so that they can develop their vocabulary, especially if unusual materials are being used.  It will provide language opportunities.  

  • Discuss size and shapes to help spatial awareness.  It will help with cognitive development.

  • Encourage children to take turns (if more than one) and share materials.  Social skills will be developed, along with independence and self-reliance, as children complete their activity.  

  • Children will gain enjoyment from handling materials and from problem-solving.  Children will feel they have ownership and a sense of achievement, contributing to emotional development.  


Links to development


Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Personal and Social Development

Physical Development 

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