If your child has never made a mosaic, make a small sample to show him before he begins.
- Construction paper in many colors
- Glue stick
- Help your child cut light- and bright-colored construction paper into 1/2-inch-wide strips, then cut the strips into 1/2-inch squares.
- Have your child sort the squares by color.
- Then give him a sheet of dark-colored construction paper and a glue stick.
- Let your child glue squares onto the dark paper in any design he likes.
- Your child may want to start with a large central image, such as a tree, flower, whale, or car, then fill in the background with a contrasting color.
- Explain to your child that the tiles should not touch each other but should only have a tiny bit of space between them.
- When the mosaic is finished, apply a coat of shellac.
- Mount the mosaic on one or two larger sheets of colored construction paper to give it a border.
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