Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, normally roughly cubic, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, (diminutive tessellae), are used to create a pattern or picture.
Sticky Mosaics are like paint-by-number for today’s kids. This popular set of toys comes with cardboard templates featuring artwork and numbered squares. Each square corresponds to a particular color of adhesive-backed foam tiles. Children place the tiles over the correct spot on the artwork. Various kits have special features such as reflective foil tiles, sticky “jewel” pieces, and more. The newest castle and jewelry box kits even have a 3-D finished product, with pieces made of precut cardboard that fit together with tabs. There’s a kit here to fit every taste – from animals to princesses! Fun for boys and girls alike.
Benefits of Mosaic Kits: they can create teachable moments. They can open the door to art history and appreciation. They are also a delightfully fun way to entertain while learning matching, organizational, and fine motor skills.
The Orb Factory’s Mosaic Kits may not have the historical, cultural, and anthropological significance of those ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics, but the personal educational experience of making your own mosaic is immeasurable. Sticky Mosaics use child-safe foam, jewel, and foil-topped sticker-tiles instead of the traditional mediums. Each kit presents users with one or more fill-by-number designs and children must exercise their nimble minds and fingers to find the correct color to place in each numbered square. Finally, when the design is completed, children can have the satisfaction of displaying their creation for all to see – perhaps the most valuable teaching aspect of all.
The following video is a demonstration of Sticky Mosaics by The Orb Factory. The competition is no longer valid, but the video’s a great demonstration of how the activity works.