First, we explored soil, then seeds as part of our gardening theme. One of our seed activities was creating seed mosaics which turned out beautiful! I’ve been enjoying them all month on display in our room. Creating Seed Mosaics allowed the children to explore seeds and handle them to create a design of their own.
Creating Seed Mosaics
Our seed mosaics required basic supplies Mother Goose Time included in the Growing Gardens box. Look at this beautiful inspiration photo that was included. Now, I will admit I had ideas of beautiful well-placed results like this, but in reality, toddlers and preschool results are much different. The idea of a mosaic and inspiration is what’s important. The inspiration photo creates interest, introduces a concept (mosaics in this case) and provides an idea, to begin with.
Toddler and preschool skills vary but we’re not looking for the next Picasso here. What is the purpose of this activity? It’s to explore seeds! That’s exactly what they did. We talked about the different colors an sizes of the seeds. Guessed which seeds produced flowers, grass or popcorn.
The rest is about the creative process and using fine motor skills to squeeze glue and place seeds.
There may be big pools of glue and a few seeds sprinkled.
Older ones are more likely to begin planning their art. We can guide that process a bit so children learn the concept of what we do first, second or third but sometimes I have to be careful with that because too many words, “rules” or steps and children lose interest. This 4-year-old, said, “I’m going to make my name” and he did. That was purely his idea and he was successful. He was satisfied and I thought it was fabulous. Was it anything like the inspiration photo? No, but that’s not the point.
Our youngest, 2 years old, perhaps had the most interesting result but that was because I helped her squeeze the glue. She usually can do it but her bottle was hard to squeeze that day. She held on to the bottle and I helped her squeeze and create a circular design on her paper. Then she sprinkled on seeds. So pretty!
Twine was provided to hang up the seed mosaics. I like the natural look.
All different but beautiful art.
A close up of the texture, shapes, sizes, and colors of seeds.
This is our seed mosaic display in our library area.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our Creating Seed Mosaics activity. Thank you for following along and sharing in our gardening with kids activities!
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