We went to a friends house whose every surface had mosaics on it. It was colorful and unexpected. My son was very interested because he had never seen anything like it before.

If you are not aware, a mosaic is a picture created with lots of small tiles.  However, it can be made with any type of material. In this friend’s house, shells, metal, cloth, ceramics, glass, mirror, and plastic had been used to create some pretty amazing images.

Since he wanted to try it but was not feeling confident enough to try it with tile, we used paper squares to create his first mosaic.

These are the supplies we gathered for this project:

-Paper plate



-White glue


-Small brush

First, he loosely sketched the design he chose on the back of a paper plate. Keep it simple this time around.

Next he pulled out magazine pages which had the colors he wanted. He cut strips out of the pages, then cut that into small squares and a few triangles to use in any corners of the design. Arrange the squares into the design to test where it should all go.

When he was ready, he mixed equal parts of the white glue and water. Then he brushed some of the glue mixture on the plate, placed the squares and triangles in place, and finally sealed it all with a top coat of the glue mixture. That’s it!  Since its paper, there is no wrong way to do it. It’s a win win type of project sure to boost your child’s confidence in creating art.

See these mosaic ideas for kids.

Article By Nuria Almeida

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