Kids can make vibrant mosaic art using painted styrofoam produce trays!
I want to share another mosaic project for preschoolers with you. Did you see our 3-D Mosaic Structures last week? Well, today, the hooligans used our styrofoam meat trays for this basic mosaic project.
*Before we get started, I want to mention that when you’re crafting with styrofoam meat trays, you should sterilized in the dishwasher first.
Ok, let’s get started!
For this particular mosaic project, you’ll need:
- several styrofoam meat trays (sterilized in dishwasher).
- acrylic paints in bright colours
- paint brush
- coloured cardstock
Begin by cutting the curved edges off your styrofoam meat trays. You can use a utility knife if you want, but scissors will do the trick too.
Now that you’ve removed the edges, you can paint your tiles.
Grab your acrylics, and give your tiles two coats of paint. Let the paint dry between coats. You can speed things up with the help of a hairdryer, and they’ll be ready in under a minute.
Once your paint is dry the real fun begins!
It’s time to chop those tiles up into lots of little pieces!
This is a great cutting exercise for kids who are still learning to use scissors! The hooligans find it much easier to cut through a meat tray than paper. They love the sound it makes too. This part of the activity is terrific for building hand muscles and fine motor skills.
The final step is the creative one of course! Let your little one choose a piece of card stock in whatever colour they please, and he can glue his mosaic tiles to the paper.
Let him arrange his pieces however he wants. Sometimes the hooligans make an entirely flat piece of art, and other times, they’ll build up on their paper, creating a 3-D masterpiece.
Whatever they choose, they’ll have fun exploring colours, shapes and sizes as they piece together their one-of-a-kind mosaic art project!
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