Activity Plan 5-6: Mosaic Art
Turn bits and pieces of paper into colorful mosaic plates.
- Grades: PreK–K
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art/Math
- large white paper plates
- glueand blue brushes
- construction paper (variety of colors) paper, prism paper, corrugated paper, foils
- small construction paper (variety of color baskets)
- variety of textured paper (wallpaper, flocked paper, prism paper, corrugated paper, foil)
- small containers or baskets
- paper plates
Objective: Children will investigate different types of papers and textures as they create mosaic art and practice sorting and classifying.
In Advance: Choose a variety of paper types and cut them into small squares to resemble mosaic tiles. Place a mixture of paper squares into individual containers for each child.
1 Explain to the children that they will be making a "mosaic" design or picture using small colored squares of paper. Show children pictures of mosaics during meeting time. What do the children notice about mosaic art? How is it different from a painting? How is it similar? Ask the children if the mosaics remind them of anything they have seen before.
2 During group time, present the different types of paper. Encourage the children to discuss the different qualities of each type of paper. Then divide the children into several groups and give each a container of paper and a paper plate. Ask each group to work together to sort the different papers into categories. When the children have finished, they can discuss their criteria for classifying the papers.
3 Give each child a paper plate, glue, and a brush. Place the colorful paper squares on the table and invite the children to make mosaic designs on their plates. Demonstrate how they can paint the glue onto their plate and then apply the squares. Encourage the children to cover their entire plates with the paper squares.
Remember: Keep glue and paper shapes available for the children to use during choice time. Children can create more mosaics on paper cups, drawing paper, clear contact paper, or small gift or shoe boxes.
Language/Literacy: Invite the children to create Ward Mosaics using words that have been cut out of newspapers, catalogs, and advertisements. Try to choose words that are familiar to the children. Children can glue their words onto construction paper. Encourage the children to read familiar words and identify familiar letters.