Monkey around with mimicry and make a collage together with this Family Activity inspired by Caps for Sale the Musical
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Esphyr Slobodkina, the author and illustrator of Caps for Sale
, was also a famous collage artist! In this activity, play with the art form of collage. Collage is made by sticking a variety of materials onto a blank surface to form a picture.
Printable landscape template
, blank white paper for tracing, markers, slips of colored paper and magazines, printable texture template
, scissors, glue stick
Print out one of the images from our landscape template
Put a blank piece of paper over the landscape and, with a marker. trace the outlines of the dominant shapes. HINT: Hold the papers up to a light source if you have trouble seeing the outlines.
Depending on your kid's age, either cut pieces of colored paper or pictures from magazines ahead of time, or cut them out together. Think about the outline that you traced while you're cutting your shapes. For some fun textures, print out our texture template
Glue your pieces of cut paper inside the lines of the drawing. HINT: For little ones, try using a glue sponge
Put some finishing touches on your collage with additional marker lines, and then sign your name. You've just finished a beautiful collage!
This example collage was created by Third Year New Victory Usher Claire Early. Thanks, Claire!
Compare your works of art to some of Esphyr Slobodkina's collages, seen below! As a family, discuss these questions:
- What are the similarities?
- What are the differences?
- What is fun about collage?
- What is hard?
- How is collage different from drawing? Which do you prefer? Why?
In Caps for Sale
, the monkeys steal the Peddler's caps! Inspired by those silly monkeys, this activity asks you to mimic and monkey around!
Decide who is going to be a monkey and who is going to be a peddler.
Start by facing each other. Whatever the peddler says or does, the monkey should copy. Monkeys, mimic the peddlers as closely as possible.
After a few minutes switch roles. Think about...
- repeating exactly what they say
- their gestures and how they move their body
- how their voice sounds
Try playing the game in public without anyone noticing.
The Peddler in Caps for Sale
is no ordinary peddler. He carries his caps on his head! Now it's your turn to test your skill at balancing things on your head.
Lots of hats, masking tape
Collect all the hats in your home.
Move all the furniture in one room to create an open space, ideally 15–20 feet in length.
Using the masking tape, create a path on the floor. Get creative! Add curves and see if you can extend your obstacle course over or under things!
One by one, stack all the hats on your head and try to keep them balanced while walking the path. You're the peddler! While you're walking, your other family members should act like monkeys to distract you and throw off your balance! HINT: Monkeys, use the element of surprise to startle the peddler into dropping hats.
Take turns being the peddler. See how far you can get into your obstacle course before those monkeys make you drop your hats!
Make the path even harder! Create breaks in the path to introduce hopscotch-like jumps, and vary the width with narrow spots.
Collage by Claire Early
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