We use mosaics in therapy for nearly every season of the year. They are easy and fun tasks! Just get a basic festive shape and fill it in with tiny pieces of paper. Mosaics are glorious language activities because they allow for communication demands to be placed in a very natural way. Since each project requires frequent application of glue and paper, if you keep the materials slightly out of reach, there will be many chances for your kiddo to request “more glue” or “more paper.”
Nouns: pumpkin, paper, glue
Pronouns: I, you, we
Verbs: want, need, help, push, put, glue
Adjectives: more, sticky, nice,
Questions: what, where
1. Cut up small pieces of paper and gather your additional materials. You can print or draw a pumpkin outline to fill in with pieces of paper.
2. Explain the task and model the target vocabulary for your kiddo. You can say something like, “We are going to make a mosaic. We need tiny pieces of paper. We will glue the papers inside the lines.”
3. Model asking for more paper and glue if your child attempts to grab the pieces without verbalizing. If they are having difficulty picking up or placing the papers due to fine motor struggles, demonstrate asking for “help” to reduce frustration.
4. You can also model asking and answering questions such as, “What do we need? More paper!” Or “Where should we put it? Right here!”
5. Use describing words to comment on the process (i.e. “Wow, this glue made my hands so sticky!) You can also compliment the finished product to help your child feel a sense of accomplishment (i.e. This is a really nice pumpkin! You did a great job making it!)