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Easy Mosaics.

I mentioned last week that we are currently finishing up, The Story of The World: Ancient Times. The history of Roman has definitely intrigued us; there so much to cover and they way it's impacted western civilization is fascinating! On a side note, if like me, you have the desire to learn more than what your children's history books are offering you I highly recommended the podcast,  "The History of Rome by Mike Duncan. The episodes are short, so it's easy to listen to while doing household chores, etc. 

Alright, back to the reason for this post, one of the Roman themed activities we've done is create these simple mosaics. 


Supplies - con-tact paper, black construction paper, foam tile pieces, scissor, white crayons, foam pieces, and stencil. If you do not have foam tiles you could also use cut up construction paper, buttons, etc. 


Step 1 - trace stencil on middle of black construction paper. 


Step 2 - cut out stencil shape from construction paper. 


Step 3 - cut contact paper to same size of construction paper and adhere them together. 

Step 4 - now fill cut out with foam tiles. 



Since our foam pieces were not tight, a little bit of light shined through, we decided to display them on the window.


Another mosaic activity that rotates through our shelves is the Quercetti Fantacolor, one of the boys received it as a birthday gift a couple years back. It's perfect for keeping younger children busy during school. It's also great for long errands/appointments since it's portable and acts as its own storage device. 

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  1. We've been studying Rome for the last couple of weeks as well, and just finished our mosaics. What a fun activity!

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