Activity Idea: Moroccan Tiles

There’s nothing we love more, when walking through the medina, than popping our heads through unassuming doorways to peek at the beautiful riads hidden behind them.

The highlight has to be the detailed Moroccan mosaic tilework, known as zellige. The boys love seeing the different coloured patterns of the zellige and asked me to create an inspired activity for them to do.

Now I’m not artist and I still need to build up our art supplies here but I have two simple activity suggestions below:

Activity 1

You will need:

  • Plain paper/printout
  • Colouring pencils/felt tips
  • Small mirror (optional)

You can printout a Moroccan tile pattern (easily found via a quick Google search) to colour in, or have a go at drawing one yourself. If you have a small mirror, it would be a great activity to introduce symmetry. Maybe draw half a pattern and get your child to draw the other half.

Activity 2

You will need:

  • Coloured paper (cut into shapes)
  • Glue
  • Sheet of paper (white/coloured)

Use the glue to stick the coloured pieces of paper to create your own Moroccan mosaic on the plain paper. Look up different patterns on Google for inspiration.

Being the person I am, I will probably take this current interest and use it as a new learning topic for us all to do together, looking at the history, the craftsmanship (videos) and more.

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