Students can make some beautiful mosaic bean art, thanks to lots of varieties you can find at your local grocery store. The earliest examples of mosaics have been found at a temple in Mesopotamia, which means this is one of the oldest art forms around.
• Cardboard, 2″ x 2″
• Dried beans, four or five different types
• Craft glue
• Mod Podge (optional)
1. Students spread white glue on a thick piece of cardboard, about 2″ x 2″. I recommend starting the with outside edge to make a border, and then filling in as desired. NOTE: I have done this project very successfully with kinders, I just make myself the “glue masters”. I walk around and squirt the glue as needed and then students carefully place the beans on top. You’ll find that this takes a bit of concentration, so a quieter room is a happy byproduct.
2. Beans are arranged to make an interesting pattern or shape. Let dry flat and add glossy finish with Mod Podge if desired.