I don’t know about you, but I have kids home this week of summer break. And the two most annoying words I keep hearing: “I’m bored.” If you also find yourself fighting on the front lines of the War Against Child Boredom, maybe this activity will help. And for any teachers reading, you might appreciate this as well.
Several years ago, while I was first writing my GeomeTricks books, I uploaded over 50 mosaics to SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. My kids kept asking me to print out mosaics they could color, and I figured other kids would enjoy them as well. So up they went.
Getting the Mosaics
You’ll find a bunch of mosaics which appear to be already colored:
Here’s one I particularly like: Mosaic #35. Clicking the 3D Warehouse logo below takes you straight to the model’s download page.
The model’s description tells you how it was created, and that there are three scene tabs you can use, depending on the activity you want to try.
(The description also contains a dead link to the site where the GeomeTricks books *used* to be available. These models were uploaded to an old Warehouse account for which I no longer have the login! Here’s the right place, and you’ll find these projects in the “Periodic Patterns” series.)
Mosaic Coloring Activities
When you open one of these mosaics in SketchUp, three scene tabs appear along the top: “Pattern Colors,” “Color Yourself,” and “Print and Color.”
Because these models have scenes, do not import them into another SketchUp model, using the Get Models or File / Import tools. Imported models lose their scenes. Download each mosaic from the Warehouse and open it in its own file.
The “Color Yourself” tab has no components; the entire pattern is composed of individual faces painted gray. So you can paint them however you like.
These coloring projects come recommended by the Roskes kids, and I hope yours enjoy them as well.
And if you or your kids want to learn how to make these mosaics in SketchUp, GeomeTricks books are also great for keeping boredom at bay!