Today we recycled some left over paintings from our Very Hungry Caterpillar Art Project .
The idea was to use the left over painting pieces by cutting them into small segments and making mosaic pictures with them.
The boys were given blank paper, glue and a very brief explanation of how to make mosaic pictures.
However, it wasn't long before the boys' own creative ideas emerged.
I love it when children take art materials and create something that is based entirely on their own ideas rather than following specific instructions.
Divergent thinking is an essential skill, which children will need if they are to be successful in life. Divergent thinking is the basis of problem solving and creativity which will be used in all areas from business through to social interactions.
Watercolour pencils were introduced into the activity by the boys, which added a new dimension.
Creating mosaic pictures allows children to:
- Experiment with design and patterns
- Explore spatial awareness as they work out which pieces fit together
- Use creativity and
- Refine small motor skills to manipulate mosaic pieces into place.
The end results:
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