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The Art of Travel

Paper Mosaics by Family Artists

By December 8, 2013January 26th, 2015No Comments

This kid art project will keep your littles occupied and engrossed—try it when you plan to go to a museum or a place such as Greece or Italy where they can see the real deal. Collage, or ‘paper mosaic’, will encourage children to explore texture, shape, pattern and color. It’s an abstract and creative process with amazing results—great for framing or making greetings cards. For younger children, you may decide to pre-cut the papers into circles or squares, so they just do the sticking down if you are traveling. For a hotel room, this is a great way for them to work on their fine motor skills. This activity is suitable for age 3+.collageimage This travel art can be done in:

  • Cars
  • Planes
  • Trains
  • Hotel rooms


What you will need:

  1. A selection of old shiny sweet wrappers, colored paper, old envelopes, gift wrap, etc.
  2. Sheets of stiff paper or card, white or colored, to fit on a tray
  3. Safety scissors—optional
  4. Glue stick



  1. Set your child up with a tray and all materials. Invite them to create a collage or paper mosaics. You may want to offer older children a theme to inspire them, such as an artist, nature, architecture etc.
  2. Let them create!


The photograph above shows the following ideas from left to right:

  1. Transparent and shiny sweet wrappers
  2. A paper mosaic heart, using squares of colored paper on a black ground
  3. A selection of sweet wrappers, and papers torn into circles of different sizes, layered and glued on top of each other.

Ideas 1 and 3 were inspired by the artist, Gustav Klimt.


square-logoDiane Pagan graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a fashion/textiles degree. She is a UK mom who passionate about creativity, and she set up The Imagination Box to share her treasure trove of ideas and inspire families to bring more art into their lives. Connect with her and get more great ideas at

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