Pixel Mosaics

Suitable for:6 to 10

Let's make a mosaic - a picture made of lots of small squares, usually tiles. 

We are making a mosaic, but what is a pixel?

A pixel is the smallest point on a screen - a dot! A screen is made up of lots of dots (or pixels) in a grid. That means your favourite videogame characters are made of pixels! 


1. What kind of mosaic do you want to make? It could be a space, a word, anything! First draw it out, your design on some paper. 

2. Using coloured card and scissors, cut out a thin strip. Next, cut this into smaller squares. Repeat this for different colours you want to use. 

3. Now we need to put the mosaic together. Start by placing the pixels where you want them. When you are happy, use some glue to stick each pixel onto the paper until we are finished. 

Well done! What next?

Try recreating your favourite characters or make some pixel letters. 

Scissors, pencil, glue and coloured paper. 

This activity was written by the National Videogame Museum as part of the IVE-led initiative Bags of Creativity. You can read all about it in our Story.

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