This art project for kids turns photos into a simple and fun boredom buster!

We’re still adjusting to life with a newborn, and the other day I needed an easy way to keep everyone busy. While Janie was asleep, I took photos of each of the boys making silly faces. I printed their favorite shots on our laser printer (so, only in black and white). Then while I was feeding her, they turned their photos into works of art!

Photo Collage Art Project for Kids

Materials Needed:

  • Photos of your kids faces. Have them make all sorts of different expressions!
  • Paper
  • Markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Collage materials – construction paper, foil (for a robot? or a superhero?), felt, fabric, scrap book paper

The boys had fun turning themselves into all sorts of creatures! Here is Gresham as a parakeet:

Photo Collage Art for Kids

And Aidan as a superhero:

Photo Collage Art for Kids

For some of the pictures, the boys simply drew their designs. Aidan used construction paper to make a collage style picture of himself as a skateboarder.

Photo Collage Art for Kids

This one of Gresham as a dragon cracks me up. I think he really sees himself this way! So funny.

Photo Art

Be sure to add this idea to your summer boredom buster list, and if you need more ideas, check out my Pinterest boards! I’ll be pinning fun activities for kids all summer!


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  1. katepickle May 18, 2014

    Oh I love the bird and the dragon!
    We did a similar collage activity with photos recently and had SO MUCH FUN... who'd have thought a few black and white photos could inspire so much creativity!!

  2. Christina May 20, 2014

    This is perfect for those summer afternoons when my kids say, "I'm bored!"

  3. Lisa @ Pilgrim Living May 21, 2014

    I really like this idea! My boys are younger (4 & 2) but they love to cut and paste. It's their favorite art activity right now. I'm sure they would enjoy a silly project like this, even if their creations aren't so detailed.
    And I love Gresham's dragon...his little face is too funny :-)

  4. Almost Unschoolers May 21, 2014

    I really like how simple this is. It leaves a lot of room for kid-directed creativity.

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