Cut It Out! Create a Collage with Your Bilingual Child

by Corey · 2 comments

What to do with all of those old magazines?  Or what about those annoying advertisements that come in the mail?

Before you put them in the recycling bin, use them for a fantastic bilingual language activity!  You and your child will have so many opportunities to use vocabulary while having a wonderful time!


  • Old magazines, advertisements, newspapers and other paper media.
  • Scissors
  • Large piece of paper


Start by giving your child the old magazines, advertisements and newspapers and a pair of scissors.

You can either have her cut out all of the pictures that she likes or make it something specific, such as:

  • Things that have a certain color (e.g. red or green or blue).
  • Foods or fruits or vegetables.
  • People.
  • Animals.
  • Plants (e.g. trees or flowers or grass).

You can sit with her as she looks through the magazines or let her cut them out on her own.  If you sit with her, encourage her to talk about what she sees: colors, textures, themes, shapes, and more.


  • After she has cut out random or specific pictures, go through them with her, talking about each of them in as much detail as possible.
  • Find ways to get her to describe what she sees, why she chose to cut out specific pictures, how the pictures make her feel, etc.
  • Once you are done discussing everything, give her the big piece of paper so that she can glue the pictures onto it to make a collage.
  • Discuss the pictures that she chooses for the collage, this time letting her tell you where she wants to glue each photo, why she chooses the ones that she chooses, and more.
  • Talk about sizes (large, medium and small pictures), shapes (based on how she cut out the pictures and the shapes in the pictures), colors, contents of the pictures, and more.

What are your favorite language activities?  Click here to send them to us and we will include them in a future post!

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.

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1 Gemma October 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I love these weekly activities! They help so much since I’m teaching Spanish for kids! I look forward to them every week =)


2 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Thank you for your feedback, Gemma! It is wonderful to know that others are benefiting from them! It seems like the more language activities to choose from, the better!


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