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Paper Zoo by Oscar Sabini

publication date: Sep 26, 2015
author/source: Anne Coates

Paper Zoo by Oscar SabiniI have to confess I love collages and it's a great way for children to explore colour and shape and texture, depending on the materials you use.

Paper Zoo by Oscar Sabini is a really lovely book to share with a younger child. Almost everything you need is included: animal templates, sheets of card and patterned paper. You supply the glue and inspiration.

There are seven animals –  a crocodile, elephant, monkey, toucan, hippo, lion and a bear – all racing towards the end of the book for a group photo at the end.

Paper Zoo – elephantThe idea is for the young artist to tear and glue pieces of paper to the card. Slip the card into the template and hey presto you have a beautiful collage. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy as Harriet says.

However you can take this a stage further (for older children adept with a pair of scissors or adult help) and once the card is in the template, draw the outline, removes and cut out the shape for using perhaps in a larger collage (as Harriet and I are making on her bedroom wall) or as decorations, gifts...

Paper Zoo – bearThis book makes an excellent gift and will provide hours of entertainment perfect for autumn and winter afternoons.

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Published by Thames & Hudson,  Paper Zoo: Create Collage Animals by Oscar Sabini is available from Amazon.