I found some fabulous discarded wallpaper sample books to use for my Eric Carle collages. You could also use painted paper, wrapping paper etc.. We started by reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. We discussed collage and how the pictures were made.
Then the kids made a rough drawing of their flower and went to work digging through the wallpaper books to find cool paper for their picture. I had no idea how much they would LOVE flipping through wallpaper books showing each other the funky colours and textures.
This is a fun Spring project that fit in well with "April Showers Bring May Flowers!". You could also make butterflies, caterpillars etc.. A fun art project!