If you’re looking for a fun group project for 4 or more kids, wacky abstract word art activity is just the ticket.

Offering writing practice and grammar review, this isn’t your average art project. Kids practice building sentences with different parts of speech, then create paintings of the silly mad lib sentences they come up with.

In an unexpected fun twist, at the end they get to rip up their paintings and arrange them into wild and unique abstract collages.

abstract word art activity

What You Need

  1. 8.5″ x 11″ or larger sheet of white watercolor paper to paint on (1 sheet per child)
  2. Tempera, poster, or acrylic paint
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Water cups to wash out brushes
  5. 8.5″ x 11″ or larger sheet of white paper to glue on (1 sheet per child)
  6. Glue stick (1 per child)
  7. Stack of white index cards
  8. Examples of abstract collage from art books from the library or printouts downloaded from the Internet.

What You Do

1. Prepare Word Cards

Write adjectives, nouns, and verbs on index cards. For example, you could create a sentence like: “The jagged rainbows grew in the hot desert.”

2. Distribute Cards

Hand out the word cards to the children and guide them on how to arrange the words into a fun sentence.

3. Paint the Sentence

Ask the children to paint a representation of their sentence on watercolor paper.

4. Swap Paintings

Once the paintings are done, have the children pass their artwork to the person on their left.

5. Paint Again

Now, each child should paint their original sentence on top of the new painting they received. They can interpret their sentence differently this time.

6. Repeat

Continue swapping and painting until each child has painted on every artwork.

7. Dry the Paintings

Set the paintings aside to dry.

8. Discuss Abstract Collage

While waiting, talk about abstract collage. Show examples from art books or the internet.

9. Review the Paintings

Once dry, place the paintings in the center of the room. Ask each child to share what they like or find interesting about each painting.

10. Shred the Paintings

Have the children tear the paintings into various shapes and sizes.

11. Prepare for Collage

Give each child a new sheet of white paper and a glue stick.

12. Create Collages

Using the shredded paintings, ask the children to create their own abstract collages on the new paper.

13. Glue the Collages

Once they’re happy with their designs, have them glue the painting pieces onto the paper.


This activity is not only a fun way to explore language and art, but it also encourages children to think creatively and express themselves. Remember, the goal is not to create a perfect piece of art, but to enjoy the process and learn from it. So, let loose, be imaginative, and most importantly, have fun!