Young children love to do collage and a great medium is just a bunch of colored sticks and colorful cardboard. You can add more materials but I asked the students what they wanted to use for a collage and the group decided on colored sticks and cardboard only. Of course I like it when children have the freedom to choose whatever they want to create art but I also like to ask them to decide as a group which materials to use and they have to respect the decision of the group, stick to it and share resources.
I was happy to see that the students created such different pieces. Although they chose to use the same technique for gluing the sticks on the paper, they were deeply into their own world to create a unique piece.
I have used these same materials to create collaborative work in large poster paper. The results were equally beautiful.