Today we did a Persian mosaic craft for our Marco Polo Unit Study.
This unit study really lends itself to a lot of hands-on and we are not going to skimp on any of it or until Tiny has had his fill. It is going to be a big unit study so we are slowing down for this one.
Covering the culture and geography of Asia takes time and it is best studied through the eyes of somebody that traveled during that time like Marco Polo.
One of the many things he would have seen along the Silk Road were the beautiful mosaics made by ancient Persian artists.
Though they would have used beads, glass, shells and just about anything they had to create their masterpiece, for this hands-on activity you too can use just about anything you have around your house.
A few ideas are:
- pieces of aluminum foil
- macaroni, beans,etc.
- grab some glue too
The Mr. had bought a few craft things for us when he was at the store and I picked up a few pieces of leather (pretty inexpensive here in Ecuador) and we used the leather pieces to make our mosaic.
So Tiny began to lay out his design.
After cutting out his pieces, he had to study his design for a while.
This was actually a good art lesson for him because like his mother (poor thing) he is not particularly comfortable with crafting and creating.
But because he just laps up a hands-on activity anytime we do one, I always make time for quite a few for him.
Unlike Mr. Awesome, who seizes the moment to craft and create, Tiny expects perfection every time, which is exactly why I like for him to do them. I want him to not be so hard on himself when it comes to creating and crafting and to lighten up some.
Have to love the many personalities you teach while homeschooling. One kid I have to rein in from hands-on to do some seat work and the other kid I have to unglue from the seat for some hands-on work.
Anyway, after Tiny studied his design for a while, he was satisfied and glued on all the pieces.
It makes it easy reading about Persian art and modern day Iran when your kid can do an engaging and simple activity.
We have a few more activities that we have done that I will be sharing soon, but we loved this easy peazy one.
Hugs and love ya,
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