Paint Chip Mosaics – an abstract art project for toddlers and preschoolers!
This morning, I set out some cardboard, a few glue sticks and a tray of paint chips that I’d cut up into squares, rectangles and strips. For older children, I would have them cut their own paint chips. In fact, now that I think about it, I’ll do the same here next time we do this project. The Hooligans love cutting along the lines in between the paint colours.
You can get paint chips, otherwise known as paint samples or paint swatches, anywhere that paint is sold. I generally grab a handful of samples every time I’m at the hardware store, but I always feel a little twinge of guilt knowing that I’m taking them to add to my craft stash, so I actually asked one time, at my local paint store, if they minded me taking some for my daycare kids to craft with, and the manager quite happily went to a drawer and grabbed about 20 unopened packages for me. Hey, it goes to show you, that it never hurts to ask!
I worked on one of my own, using thin strips to make a frame, and gluing my paint chips in more of a mosaic pattern. Mine will give you an idea of something that an older child could create. This is definitely a project that suitable for all ages of children.
If you’re looking for another mosaic art idea for little hands, check out our Meat Tray Mosaics. They were really fun to make too!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.