Contact paper mosaics can be a great activity for young artist. Cost is low, set up is minimal and it can be successful for all.
Set up looks like this. I happened to have wall space so that is what I'm using here. Window space is just as good! I cut a sheet of contact paper and pulled back the paper on the lower half. Add tape on the bottom (sticky side out). A second tape is placed at the half way point, on TOP of the paper. Peal back the paper half way and use tape to hold the paper back.
Artist create a design on the contact paper with little paper tiles.
For those who got done early, I taped a space of the floor for students to work collaboratively on a mosaic. This was all about process... Part of the process was clean up:)
The contact paper mosaics were a great second activity after the clay mosaic hearts.