This year I have been focusing on finding mosaic actvities for very young children to do – for fun and to learn some of the basics of mosaics (you are never too young…!). I have tagged them all under “pre-schoolers”, “children” and “craft” if you want to search the blog archive and the first 3 are part of a series so its worth reading them in order.
Here is another activity we have just tried which works well and makes a lovely gift. As with the one posted last week, I tried this with my nearly 4 year old and at the second Christmas fair where older children and several teenagers got well into the activity (making mosaics is just soooo engrossing!).
You will need:
*Mosaic tiles – you don’t need expensive ones, just ones from B&Q / tile shops – ask for sample sheets
*Glass gems – available in pound shops and Ikea as well as craft suppliers
*Picture frame – yup, those good ‘ole Ikea ones come in handy!
1. Stick tiles to frame. Make sure you use a nice blob rather than spread the glue too thinly, but not so much that it squeezes between the tiles.
2. It’s worth testing out the spacing of the tiles before sticking them so that you allow the gap between each one to be even. If you want, you can also paint the frame beforehand so that the colour between the gaps adds to the final look.
3. Stick the gems to the tiles – as many or as few as you want. White glue dries clear so don’t worry if a little seeps out.
4. Add photo ready for gift to granny / grandad / auntie / best friend!