Unswept floor - A modern version
They found a mosaic in Italy that has been dated to the 2nd century C.E. In the mosaic there are many things that you would have expected to have seen thrown away in the course of a banquet. There are fish heads, empty sea shells, chicken bones and even a mouse gnawing on a walnut shell!
One idea is to have the children design and draw out their own floor and imagine what would have been on the floor after a very messy meal now or even just the day to day things that are thrown on the floor now. You can use the border patterns above to create a square that they then fill in on separate sheets. It could be pizza slices, empty coke cans, socks etc.
The photo right, shows a modern version how a artist, Helen Miles has done just this. You can see a pair of glasses, a lost sock, she has kept in the mouse though!
Photo copyright Helen Miles Mosaic (click on the name to see her website)