Mosaics are much more than art activities. Okay, so your child probably isn’t making any ‘real’ mosaics. Grout and glass tiles aren’t exactly easy (or safe) for young children to work with. That said, you can still try one of these projects – just in a more kid-friendly way.
Bring math into the mix with some pattern play, geometry and number recognition. How? All through mosaic magic.
This kids’ art activity provides plenty of options, depending on your child’s age, interests and the concepts you are currently working on.
Math Mosaic Art
- Card stock paper
- A paintbrush
- Clear-drying school glue
- A pencil
Pattern Mosaic Artwork
Cut the paper into dime-sized shapes. They don’t have to be circles, just a similar size. Choose at least two different colors.
Paint a wash of glue on the cardboard. Squeeze a small pool of the glue out and use the brush to spread it over the area. Have your child work in sections, so that the glue doesn’t dry before your child can add the paper.
Create a pattern with the colors. Press the paper shapes 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 and making sophisticated designs.
Geometry Mosaic Artwork
Cut the paper into dime-sized shapes. Make as assortment of shapes, in two colors. Ask your child to name the shapes as he cuts them out.
Glue one color set of shapes inside of the pencil lines and one outside.
Number Recognition Mosaic Artwork