November 10, 2016 02:45 by april
Looking for a fun Thanksgiving craft to do with your students? Based on an activity featured in Art with Anything, our Cardboard Square Mosaics craft is sure to be a hit with the children in your care. Find a list of all the materials you need and instructions on how to do the craft below:
What You’ll Need:
What to Do:
- Start by measuring out 3” x 3” squares on a piece of cardboard and cutting them out. Depending on the size of mosaic you want students to make, each child should have three, six, or nine squares.
- Have students use tempera paint to splash a little color on some of their squares. Another way to add color is by cutting out and gluing on construction paper squares. Coloring with crayons is also a fun way for students to decorate their cardboard squares.
- Add sensory play as part of the craft by having students sprinkle sand on glued squares.
- Use markers to write Thanksgiving messages on dried or unpainted cardboard squares.
- Encourage students to draw Thanksgiving-related pictures on the remaining white squares.
- Glue the finished squares onto thick paper or poster board and have children cut out their mosaic in the shape of a square or rectangle.
- Keep in mind that you can adapt the craft as needed. For example, students can create holiday-themed squares with a simple change of color scheme and design!
Other Possible Themes:
- Seasons (fall, winter, spring, and summer)
- Holidays (Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Halloween, etc.)
- Back to School
- What I Did Over My Summer (or Winter) Break
- All About Me (favorite color, favorite food, family members, etc.)
Be sure to read “Four Festive Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers” and “Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom (with 2 Free Printables)” for additional ideas on celebrating Thanksgiving in the classroom. Share pictures of your students’ Cardboard Square Mosaics on our Facebook and Twitter pages—we can’t wait to see them!