I love tiles, I am not exactly sure why, perhaps because I love puzzles and putting tiles together is similar to creating a puzzle. The children seem to have a similar feeling about tiles because when presented with the invitation to create a pattern or picture with the tiles, they all dove in without hesitation. The trays were a nice backdrop to their exploration because it created contrast as well as a sense of personal space.
After they explored with the tiles, they were then given tempera paint to apply on top of the tiles. The tiles moved around a little bit as they painted, but for the most part they were able to keep their designs.
So what was next?
The children were given a piece of paper to press and smooth out on top of their tiles...
...The final product was a surprise, they pulled up their paper to see their prints magically appearing on the other side. I love how you can see the brush strokes as well.
In a frame, these would make great little cubist paintings to hang on a wall.