- Arts and Design
My First Sticky Mosaics
Its evening time, after supper. I'm on the computer doing my thing and I hear my (4 year old) son rustling through some bags of craft stuff I have behind me.
"A-ha!" He says suddenly and rushes up to me. "Is this for me?"
What he has in his hand is a sticky mosaic kit. This particular one is a ghost, a leftover that we didn't do before Halloween. Despite it now being December, I opened it and let him do it.
Peel and stick mosaics such as the My First Sticky Mosaics by The Orb Factory are a great craft for younger children. Not only are they fun to do, and provide cute child made artwork, but they also offer a chance to learn shapes, colors and sometimes even numbers!
The way these mosaics work is that there is a picture base. On this picture are different colored (sometimes numbered) shapes. There might be a black square, orange circle and purple triangle.
With the kit comes sticker sheets of different shapes and colors. The child would need to find the matching color and shape. They have to find the black square (not the red one), and stick it in the right spot. Same for the other colors and shapes.
It may be slightly different with different mosaic kits. The stickers may be flat, foam or gemstone. The child might have to match up shapes and colors, or just shapes, or just colors. In some of the more complex ones the child might even have to cut existing stickers to make them fit in a certain spot (such as cutting a square in half to make triangles.)
Whatever kind of kit they use, when they finish matching each shape and color with their spot on the picture, they have a completed image that they can now hang in the spot on honer in their home.
Here is what you get in the PETS package of My First Mosaics by The Orb Factory.
It comes with 5 designs: fish, bird, cat, bunny, dog. The designs are on a thick cardstock base. There is a solid background shape, with a colored animal shape in the center. Each animal shape has geometric shaped spots on it (squares, circles and triangles) where the matching colored sticker would go.
It comes with 7 colors of stickers: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, black. The stickers in this particular kit are foam. That makes them thicker and easier to peel and stick for little fingers. Each color sheet has 3 shapes on it: circles, squares and triangles.
The kit also comes with 5 plastic hang tags, to help hang and display the project once it has been finished.
And, if your child enjoys the pet kit there are many other style kits available!
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Once the little ones have mastered the art of Peel and Stick, you can move them up to something functional and do some Sticky Mosaic Cards to send to friends and family.
Or move into the 3rd dimension by doing a mosaic jewelry box.
If you have older children or teens who want to do a mosaic project, they can graduate from peel and stick to actual mosaics with this Photo Frame Kit.