Tuesday, August 17, 2010

creating mosaics with preschool children






Introducing children to the basics of mosaic art is simple, fun and perfect for using up all of those bits and pieces you have squirrelled away in your storeroom or craft cupboard.  
 
We used small ceramic tiles, plastic lids and coloured paddle pop sticks.  Corks, coloured stones, sequins or natural items like gumnuts would work just as well. 
 

Our young three's are still at the stage where lathering on paste is their bliss, so they loved having a big canvas for their gluey pursuits.


Our older children were more considered in their placement of the materials, and we were able to talk about how the object of a mosaic is to stick the pieces as close together as possible and fill up the whole surface.


I love a group project that evolves over time, and that children can come and go from as they please and contribute to at their own level of development.  


We have since added smaller bits and pieces to the mix, such as shells, buttons and beads: perfect for filling in the gaps.


When it is done I hope to hang it in one of the rooms, like these gorgeous mosaics created by Sherry and Donna's preschool children over at Irresistible Ideas for Play based Learning.

For more ideas on creating mosaics with children as young as toddler age, I can thoroughly recommend taking a look at Making Mosaics with Children Part 1 ::: Glittering Shards.


14 comments:

  1. I think my kids would really enjoy a mosaic project for the backyard. Can't wait to see how you display yours!

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  2. Thanks for the ideas - and the links - this is on my list of must-dos and seeing that you and Sherry and Donna and others have done it helps my confidence a lot...who says the only ones to grow at kinder are the children?????????? :)

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  3. I've tried getting Princess to do mosaics with punched squares (um, someone got a couple of square punches a few years ago and went a bit crazy with them and now has no use for all the squares), but I think she might be more receptive to this 3d version. I can see a lovely area in her special garden (when we have it), maybe with natural and painted shells ... hmmm :)

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  4. I love the group effort on this project - great for exploring textures too.

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  5. I-RRE-SIS-TI-BLE Jenny! You can't beat a good group project and mosaics is the best. The beauty is it can go on and on until every last bit is covered. When we did ours the less surface area that remained the more interested the older children got. They loved the challenge of finding something to fit into the tiniest spaces!
    LOVE IT!
    Donna :) :)

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  6. Hmm, this makes me think. I have a large collection of large, boring white tile in the storage room. What if I mixed color into the paste, and since the tiles are really too large for most art projects I could then let the kids smash the tile with a rubber mallet before gluing it on . . . Do you think they would like that? =)

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  7. Resourceful, fun and so hands on. I love it! Another fun mosaic is a window one - tape some clear contact paper to a window, stickie side out - and go to town. tissue paper, sparkly stuff, etc. Gorgeous with light coming through.

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  8. I love so much about this... I love that both the older and younger kids were able to work together in their own ways, and I love that you stuck onto something nice and sturdy! Did you need something special in the glue to get the tiles to stick?

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  9. Awesome idea! I bet the kids will get a kick out of seeing their work on display!

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  10. Thanks for the comments everyone -

    Martianne: we used a tiling paste that we had left over from another mosaic project, but with the smaller tiles I think they would stick just as well with PVC glue - and that would probably look better too because it dries clear.

    Tom: we have smashed tiles in the past with hammers and it was a great success (and pretty good stress reliever for teachers too). We bundled the tiles up in a thick cloth before hammering.

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  11. I love the "come and go" aspect of this activity. And it looks so great!

    (And I see that Tom is going to put his tools to use again!)

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  12. That is such a cute idea.. you can use everything really... adorable.. maybe you can have the kids make tiles too ;)

    http://polwig.com

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  13. That looks fantastic. What a gorgeous idea. We've got the back of a small shelf that fell off during our house move. I was going to throw it out but you've inspired me to use it for mosaic art instead.

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  14. Love this idea and definitely something I'll use when next I host a pre-school mosaic party! Maybe make something for the birthday child!

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