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What is a Mosaic?

Mosaic tesserae

You make the simplest kind of mosaic by taking a lot of black and white pebbles and arranging them on a bed of wet cement on the floor so that they make some sort of pattern, like a checkerboard or a line of black around the outside of the room.

Mosaic floor
A mosaic floor from the Roman baths of Caracalla

When the cement dries, you have a nice hard floor in your house which is also attractive. The Greeks did a lot of this kind of mosaic in fancier houses. (Click here for a project idea).

Learn by doing: A mosaic project
More about mosaics

Bibliography and further reading:

Mosaics (Step-By-Step Children's Crafts Series), by Michelle Powell (2001). How to make your own mosaics using easily available materials, for kids.

Ancient Mosaics, by Roger Ling (1998). A look not only at the mosaics themselves, but also why people made them, who made them, and how.

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