In The Girl with a Brave Heart, Shiraz befriends an old woman by helping to tidy her house, clean up her garden and comb her hair. The story takes place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, formerly known as Persia. Colourful, intricately painted tiles decorated the floors and walls of houses, palaces and houses of worship in this part of the world. In this activity, you will create your own mosaic tile inspired by The Girl with a Brave Heart and traditional Persian tiles.

Make Your Own Mosaic Tile

A Barefoot Activity for Ages 5+

what to find

• Cardstock, cut into 4″ x 4″/ 10cm x 10cm squares

• Scraps of coloured paper in various shapes and sizes

• Glue stick

• Scissors

• Pencil

• Papier-mâché glue/Mod Podge (optional)

what to do

1. Draw a pattern on the card stock. This will be your tile. Traditional tiles feature flowers, animals and geometric shapes like stars and sunbursts.

2. Use your pattern as a guide and cut out shapes on the coloured paper.

3. Carefully glue the coloured shapes to the tile in the pattern you created.


For a ‘real tile’ feel, keep the pattern spaced out a little bit so that some of the white ’tile’ shows through the coloured pieces.

Optional: Coat the finished tiles with a thin layer of Papier-mâché glue/Mod Podge to get a slight shine.




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