November 12, 2022

# Math Mosaic Art

Share

Are you tired of ads too?

For a small fee you can get this site – and all the free goodies – 100% ad-free!

Mosaics are much more than art activities. Okay, so yourÂ child probably isnâ€™t making any â€˜realâ€™ mosaics. Grout and glass tiles arenâ€™tÂ exactly easy (or safe) for young children to work with. That said, you canÂ still try one of these projects â€“ just in a more kid-friendly way.

Bring math into the mix with some pattern play, geometry andÂ number recognition. How? All through mosaic magic.

This kidsâ€™ art activityÂ provides plenty of options, depending on your childâ€™s age, interests and theÂ concepts you are currently working on.

# Math Mosaic Art

Before getting started, youâ€™ll need â€¦
• Card stock paper
• Scissors
• A paintbrush
• Cardboard
• Clear-drying school glue
• A pencil
While there are a few different options for this activity,Â they all start with making a base. Cut the cardboard into a shape. Your childÂ can choose to make a square, rectangle, triangle, circle or organic (free-form)shape.

### Pattern Mosaic Artwork

Cut the paper into dime-sized shapes. They donâ€™t have toÂ be circles, just a similar size. Choose at least two different colors.

Paint a wash of glue on the cardboard. Squeeze a smallÂ pool of the glue out and use the brush to spread it over the area. Have yourÂ child work in sections, so that the glue doesnâ€™t dry before your child can addÂ the paper.

Create a pattern with the colors. Press the paper shapesÂ onto the glue, lining them up in a pattern such as yellow, green, yellow, green. Older kids can create more complex patterns, using multiple colors andÂ making sophisticated designs.

### Geometry Mosaic Artwork

Cut the paper into dime-sized shapes. Make as assortmentÂ of shapes, in two colors.Â Ask your child to name the shapes as he cuts them out.

Draw one large shape in the center of the cardboard.

Paint a wash of glue over the cardboard. Your childÂ should still be able to see the pencil drawing underneath.

Glue one color set of shapes inside of the pencil linesÂ and one outside.

### Number Recognition Mosaic Artwork

Cut the paper into dime-sized shapes. Again, in twoÂ different colors.Â Draw a number (bubble-style) in the center of theÂ cardboard.
Again, paint a wash of glue over the entire board.Â Glue one color of shapes inside the number and the otherÂ outside. Have your child count the shapes as he glues them down.

HINT: Â You can try variations of this activity, using a lettersÂ theme or even making animals. Have your child draw the design (whether itâ€™s aÂ letter, word or picture of something sheâ€™s studying right now) on the boardÂ before adding the mosaic on top!