This Book Based Elmer Inspired Mosaic Art Activity is a great way to build up fine motor skills, teach colors, patterning, and encourage your little ones creativity. Hands stayed busy and imaginations ran wild while we put together this colorful art activity that the kids not only enjoyed but learned a little something along the way as well.
Elmer Inspired Mosaic Art Activity
Elmer is quite a colorful character indeed and if you haven’t read it with your children yet, you must add it to your booklist! David Mckee uses his book to help kids understand and embrace individuality in themselves and everyone else.
You will need:
Before you being set up a little tray for your child to make it easier for them to grab supplies. I used an ice cube tray from Dollar tree to sort my tissue paper squares, glue, and scissors. If you have tissue on hand you can cut your own but this ready to go pack of tissue squares is a great item to add to your craft supply stash!
Use a pencil to draw a rough outline of an elephant. Just look at the cover of elmer or another book as a guideline. Trust me when I tell you that I am not an artist, it’s really not that hard but to make it easier you can also trace a coloring page or print out of an elephant, pressing firmly with your pencil to make indentations on the foam.
Next you want to cut out your simple elephant silhouette.
For the next step we covered our elephant in glue, you can use your preferred method but a glue stick is a clean and easy way to go!
Then, press tissue all over to cover the white completely then flip it over and trim off the excess tissue that hangs over the sides. You can encourage your child to follow a pattern or make a freeform design.
Your fun a colorful Elmer inspired elephant is ready to go. Your child make several to create elephants that are at the same time similar and unique.
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