This week, Kindergarten and 1st Grade have been exploring Roman Mosaics. They learned that mosaics were used by Romans to decorate walls, floors and pavements. They were also used to decorate palaces and churches in ancient times. They learned that mosaics were made from small pieces of stone or marble and painstakingly pieced together to make elaborate and colorful pictures. They were shown a picture of a mosaic found in Pompeii AD 79. (We know the exact date as the town of Pompeii was buried inlava when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted on AD August 24, 79.) It was a mosaic of a fierce dog which served as inspiration for this week’s project, “Pet Mosaics.” The students chose to decorate either a cat or dog. Templates were provided to draw a simple outline and dried beans and corn were used to fill in the pet’s shape. The children were encouraged to think about pattern and vary the colors of beans used. Students demonstrated a great deal of patience while completing this project and worked diligently to glue the beans close together. I love the end results. This was an excellent project to develop those fine motor skills. 🙂 The first image is of the Dog Mosaic found in Pompeii.