Cave Art (3)

Cave art is synonymous with the stone age. Many of the paintings were of animals that were being hunted and others that were possibly worshipped. In some cases paintings were comprised of complex scenes and in this simple activity, you will be able to recreate some of those pictures by making a prehistoric collage. This is ideal for a history/archaeology/painting club, classroom assignment or themed party.

Materials & Tools:

  • Printer (black ink cartridge)
  • Printer paper
  • Large roll of paper (ideally a textured / parchment-type paper)
  • Scissors
  • Paper glue (non-toxic) & brush
  • Plastic sheeting / newspaper (optional)
  • Acrylic black paint & brushes or black marker pens (optional)


  • Decide on the prehistoric animals you wish to include in the collage, from the images below
  • Click on the image to obtain the full size version and print in the normal way
  • Carefully cut around the general outline of the animal


In the simple activity, the idea is to have fun and be creative -

  • Provide each child / group with the paper glue, brush and plastic sheeting / newspaper
  • Discuss what sort of prehistoric scene you want to create
  • Simply apply sufficient glue to the back of the animal shape
  • Stick the animal onto the large roll of paper
  • Add more animals to enhance the picture


  • To add hunters, paint / draw simple stick-figure men with spears
  • Add animals local to your area

(Note: all above images provenance / © unknown)

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