A whole week and no school! How will you keep your kids
entertained and productive without spending a ton of money?
The best projects have multiple steps that you can do in
stages, since your kids will probably get bored if you try to work on the same thing
all day. Kids think 30 minutes takes forever, and all day is an eternity. Do one step per day and have fun watching the progression.
Involving your kids is critical – and makes it fun for the
whole family. Have the kids do small parts of the work while you do the final
assembly. Or have the kids do a smaller version of a project you’re working on.
Tile mosaics are a great
whole family activity.
Concrete pavers, tables, flowerpots, fireplaces,
stepping stones, coasters and trivets, picture frames, bowls or vases… there
are so many options. Look around your house or at garage sales and a vintage or
thrift stores for the “before” piece. Even old dressers, end tables and sturdy wood
crates make great bases for a tile project.
For detailed information about how to tile
something, visit the website of Making Mosaics.
We got these table and flower
pot photos from there –Mary Foley provided the flower pot image and Deborah
Ferrante provided the stepping stone shot.
Get the tile:
Shop at recyclers of building materials such as
Habitat for Humanity
for old tiles. New tile stores also often have a “seconds”
room you can buy for cheap. Buy some pretty 4-inch x 4-inch tiles as well as
smaller mosaic pieces. Your kids can definitely help pick that stuff out, if
they’re mature enough to be OK in a tile shop, which can be a dangerous place.
Or, shop for a bunch of old dishes, and have the kids break
them to make mosaic pieces!
Go outside, have the kids wear some thick gloves and eye
protection (you should too), place one dish at a time in an old pillowcase and
let the kids swing the pillowcase onto the ground! Then you empty the
pillowcase into a cardboard box. With gloves on, pull out the biggest pieces.
Eventually you’ll have enough to make something.
After you have the object you want to tile, if it’s
flat, create a cardboard template the size of the surface. Again, you and your
kids can make a lot of fun patterns. Take pictures, and choose the best one to
If your object is round, like a flowerpot, work out a series
of stripes on a piece of cardboard. You can try a bunch of different options!
Time to tile!
If you’ve never tiled something, check out this
website for instructions. Or talk with a tile supply store, you’ll need to buy
some adhesive and grout. Ask about interior use or exterior – you may need
You get to do the hard labor. Your kids can hand you the
tiles as you butter the back of each tile and lay out the pattern on your
object. Once it’s all in place, grout your work.
If your project will be outside in the weather, you may need
to seal the grout.
When you’re finished, take a picture and show us your art!
How do you spend your Spring Break with your kids?
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