Negative Space Paper Collage Snowflakes

SHARE:


Winter snowflake craft to demonstrate the idea of negative space. Made with paper collage, this activity is great for fine motor development and spatial skills in elementary aged children.

 This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

On a recent snowy day, the girls wanted to make paper snowflakes.  First we did the traditional kind, where you fold the paper and cut out the shapes and designs.  Then I decided to have a little art lesson on negative space.  I explained how negative space is the space around or between objects in a painting or image.  We used our trusty Art Book For Children to find a few examples.  

In this case we decorated the space around a snowflake shape, rather than a snowflake itself in order to demonstrate the idea. While this snowflake craft isn't exactly an example of negative space, I figured it was close enough to illustrate the concept for young children.

Here's how to make them!

Materials for Your Paper Collage Snowflakes

 
Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

How To Make Paper Collage Snowflakes


Print your snowflake on white cardstock.  You'll do best with a snowflake that isn't too complicated, without too many fine details.  We ended up with this one.

Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

Begin by snipping small scraps of blue paper.  Try to get them in different sizes and shapes.

Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

Next, start gluing the scraps of paper around the outside edge of the snowflake.  Try to find pieces to fit in all the little angles.  3-year-old Maggie didn't quite get it but she always like snipping and gluing, so she enjoyed herself anyway.

Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

Continue gluing until you've made your way all around the snowflake.  Fill in all the white space around the edge of the paper.  

Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

This project ended up being pretty challenging for my 5.5-year-old.  She did enjoy it, and completed most of the snowflake by herself, but it took some time.  I would recommend this project for middle elementary age or older (or extremely craft-minded younger children).

Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

I especially like how you have to sort of stand back from the paper in order to get a good look at the shape.  If you look at it too close up, it's hard to tell what it is!

Winter snowflake paper collage craft for kids to show negative space

You May Also Be Interested In:

Like this post? Like Cutting Tiny Bites on Facebook, follow me on Pinterest or subscribe to have updates delivered straight to your e-mail.  Also be sure to share using the buttons below! 


COMMENTS

Name

activity animals art author back to school bears bees bird black history book extension book list books budget butterfly cats chalk chapter books children christmas cinco de mayo circus coins colors construction cookie craft crafts culture curriculum dentist different dinosaurs discovery table diy doctor dogs dolls Earth Day easter elementary fabric fall family family theme farm fathers day fine motor first grade five senses flowers food france fruit game geography gift gift guide gross motor grownup halloween healthy history homeschool ideas independence day insect insects invitation jungle keepsake kids kindergarten kindness kinesthetic learning lego literacy lunch math menu plan menu resource mothers day music my body nature numbers obstacle course ocean organization origami ornament outer space painting paper parenting play play dough pops preschool preschool resource pretend printable process art pumpkin quiet time rainbows reading roundup recipe recycle Roundup science season sensory Seuss sewing shapes snack snacks soup spanish spring st. patrick's day summer sweet bite Thanksgiving toddler toys transportation trees tutorial united states valentine vegetarian weather weekly theme winter yarn
false
ltr
item
Cutting Tiny Bites: Negative Space Paper Collage Snowflakes
Negative Space Paper Collage Snowflakes
Winter snowflake craft to demonstrate the idea of negative space. Made with paper collage, this activity is great for fine motor development and spatial skills in elementary aged children.
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A1vKMwIvSJ8/VrxuE8TNo6I/AAAAAAAAJQw/4g2MmQx4JFc/s640/PaperSnowalakes1.png
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A1vKMwIvSJ8/VrxuE8TNo6I/AAAAAAAAJQw/4g2MmQx4JFc/s72-c/PaperSnowalakes1.png
Cutting Tiny Bites
http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/2016/02/winter-snowflake-craft-paper-collage-negative-space.html
http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/
http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/
http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/2016/02/winter-snowflake-craft-paper-collage-negative-space.html
true
6614098472792095313
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy