Rainforest Collage for Kids

Your preschoolers and kindergartners will have a blast with this Rainforest Collage for Kids. This process art activity is perfect for encouraging creative thinking, problem-solving, and of course fine motor skills.

collage of rainforest process art images with text: Rainforest Collage for Kids Process ArtToday the little guy and I wrapped up our Explore the Rainforest theme. This Rainforest Collage for Kids was a great final project for us to discuss all the wonderful things that we learned this month.

Collage for kids is an excellent activity for exploring creativity not to mention it’s an amazing sensory experience too. Preschool and kindergarten kiddos will love this adorable paper craft rainforest art.

child drawing layers of rainforest using paint stick
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child using paint stick to create rainforest collage
A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Rainforest Collage for Kids

What you need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Animal Cards
  • Mosaic Paper Tiles
  • Tissue Paper
  • Background Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons/Markers

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.
  • Encourage children to write their names on the back of their papers.


  • Which animals will you choose for your collage?
  • How will you create the different layers of the rainforest?
  • Will you cut or rip the paper?
  • What could the mosaic paper tiles be?


  • What choices did the child make?
  • Which part of the creative process engaged the child the most: explore, plan or create?

The little guy and I both loved this activity and it was awesome for him to have full creative control. A while back, I took most of our leftover craft supplies and tossed them into so-called tinker baskets, which we’ve been using a lot and today’s Rainforest Collage for Kids was of course no exception.

child using tissue paper to create rainforest collage
He started with green cardstock and then used a paint stick to make each layer of the rainforest. After that, the little guy added a piece of butterfly ribbon.

child cutting cardboard roll to make tree trunks
I was for sure impressed with his idea of grab a cardboard tube and cut it to make tree trunks for his rainforest trees. After that, tissue paper became leaves and he used the mosaic paper tiles to add some color.

cardstock with cardboard tubes to create rainforest collage for kids
Our preschool curriculum kit included a few animal cards, but you could also cut out pictures from a nature magazine, for example, National Geographic Kids*. We actually grabbed an old rainforest issue for reference while we were working on our collage art.

child adding green twist tie to rainforest collage
This was definitely a great way of reviewing everything that we’ve learned. After all, little kids (and big kids too) learn best through engaging and hands-on activities just like this Rainforest Collage for Kids.

child making rainforest collage art
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our winter theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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Experience Early Learning Early Childhood Education Verified Blogger badge with owlAs an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger

collage of rainforest process art images with text: Rainforest Collage for Kids Process Art