Picnic Blanket Collage

Now that the weather is at that perfect stage of not-too-hot and not-too-cold, picnics have been on the brain.
We recently celebrated our love of picnics with this picnic blanket collage which combined paper weaving and collage making.
I prepped the project by cutting the strips of white paper and the red paper.
I folded the red paper in half (and tried to avoid creasing it) and cut strips. I started at the fold and cut in, stopping an inch shy of the outer edge. You need to keep this sheet of paper whole.
The white strips need to be approximately the same width as the red strips.

 

We began this project by making our “blanket.”
The girls have never done paper weaving before, so I kept it simple with wide strips. (Note to self: Do more paper weaving. It’s fun!)
In and out, in and out and soon we had a couple of pretty blankets. To secure the white strips, we added a bit of glue to the ends and adhered them to the red paper.

 

We cut out some simple food shapes from colored construction paper.
We had yellow bananas, little blue circles for blueberries, orange circles for oranges, purple grapes, milk cartons, sandwiches from brown paper, and a couple of cute ants.
Keep it simple and keep it fun! If you don’t want to cut your own food shapes, you can also use magazine cut-outs, like this similar project from Reading Confetti.
We glued and glued until we had the perfect picnic, even with the ants!
We discovered that we love to bring fruit on picnics and also decided that we need to go on even more picnics!
Do you like to go on picnics? What is your favorite picnic food?
To adapt this for older kids: Have your older kids do all the cutting for the paper weaving part. Use thinner strips of paper for a more complicated, but still fun, paper weaving project.
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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