When making a collage I believe the more varied textures the better. These garden collages were made by ages 5-6 using layers and layers of materials.
We began by reading the book UP, DOWN and AROUND by Katherine Ayers. This book illustrates so beautifully how things grow both above ground and below ground.
I had prepared ahead of time shapes cut from thick and thin pieces of fabric appreciating all the patterns. The children could determine for themselves which shape would be which vegetable. I used gorgeous orange velvet and bright purples and pinks in upholstery fabrics and all kinds of cotton green patterns for leaves.
The first layer was drawing a line to mark the boundary of below and above ground. They then painted brown for below ground and whatever color they wanted for above ground, some wanted a blue sky, some pink and some orange.
Discussing what vegetables they wanted in their gardens, they chose the fabrics and talked about what vegetables they like best. Adding the greens for each vegetable really made the garden complete.
The kids added buttons talking about bugs that live under ground or minerals that are underground. The final layer was a sprinkle of sand. We didn't have brown sand so we had to settle for black sand. It adds another texture, a rough texture to the collage.