Archive for the ‘Paint’ Category

Water Color Collage

February 5, 2011

This was a two part activity. For it you will need one piece of card stock, a variety of white absorbent materials (coffee filters, doileys, paper towel, construction paper,) water color paints and brushes.

First have your child cut or tear pieces of the absorbent materials and collage with the glue stick on to the card stock. After it dries, have your child paint with the water colors onto the collage. Another option is to reverse the process – have them paint on aborbent materials, then have them cut and collage with what they had painted.

We will enjoy these now, then I am thinking of recycling them around mothers day. Either giving as is, letting them draw flowers on top with black marker, or  havung them use a large flower hole punch to cut flowers from their picture to glue onto cards.


even MORE fun with shaving cream : Marbelizing

January 5, 2011

Create marbelized papers with this simple technique using shaving cream.

You will need:

Shaving cream, a paper plate or tray, a piece of cardboard, paint, brushes and paper (construction paper will work best, but cardstock will also work.)

First: Put a 1 inch layer of shaving cream on your paper plate or tray. Level the shaving cream with your cardboard. Children should gently paint designs on top of the shaving cream. Demonstrate “gentle” for your child. You don’t really want them digging in to the shaving cream.

Second: Gently swirl paint and gently press a piece of paper on to the design

Third: Lift off the paper. You will see shaving cream blobbed all over the paper. Adult should then scrape shaving cream off of the paper with the cardboard. Once the shaving cream is dry you can rub off remaining shaving cream with a towel.

Warning: Activity likely to devlove in to a shaving cream explosion

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More Fun with Shaving Cream: Puffy Paint

December 30, 2010

For this activity mix equal parts glue and shaving cream in a pie tin.

Allow your child to paint with the mixture on to construction paper. The shaving cream glue mixture will  dry to a 3D masterpiece.

OR – get out those old snow boots and let your child stamp puffy paint shoe prints on their paper.

COLOR: Parchment Paper Mono-Print

November 14, 2010

A mono-print is basically a printing technique that can only produce one print; no two prints are ever alike.

There are many processes for creating mono-prints. In this case we started with a piece of parchment paper taped to the table. A small amount of paint (about 2 tbsp) was smeared evenly across the paper. Then the children used Q-tips to draw in the paint (similar to using a stick to draw in the mud.) When their pictures were complete, we pressed a sheet of construction paper on to the paint to create our image. The paint was then re-smeared evenly to create a totally fresh canvass.

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Colors and Images: Salt Magic

November 3, 2010

I love this project that I found in this months issue of Family Fun Magazine. It is soooo simple, and both my 4 year old and 7 year old loved it. I think it would be appropriate for any child 3 years of age and older.

You will need:

  • School Glue
  • Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Medicine droppers

 Step 1: Mix a few different color or shades of food coloring in bowls of water. One tablespoon of water per 5 drops of food coloring for a very deep color, more water for a lighter shade.

Step 2: Place a thick piece of paper, like cardstock, on a baking sheet.

Step 3: Have your child dribble glue all over the paper. They can make a picture or a random design.

Step 4: Have your child sprinkle salt all over the glue, as they would with glitter. Note: The more salt you use, the better this project works.

Step 5: Shake off excess salt.

Step 6: Using medicine droppers have your child drop food coloring one drop at a time directly onto one of the salt lines. Your child will love watching the color spread along the glue/salt lines.

Repeat step 6 until your child is satisfied with their artwork. Dry flat.

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Fresh Perspective

July 21, 2010

The photos are pretty self-explanatory. Let your child choose a few colors to put on a palette (pie tin) and have them paint with brushes. Use thick paint (consider adding cornstarch) to avoid paint in the face. Unless you are like me and paint in the face is just part of the process, then don’t add cornstarch.

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Book and Bugs

July 6, 2010

Campers from pre-k through 4th grade made these cutie patootie bug/creature foot prints this week. Clever counselors added glitter and sand to make this a great sensory activity. I still think this is open-ended art. What do you think?

Also, congrats Nadine….you won the busy siblings book. Please e-mail me with your address so I can send it.

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May 26, 2010

I do own a spin art machine ($10 at lakeshore Learning,) but I like using a salad spinner to make swirl art better. With a salad spinner, instead of turning on a button to make the spinner spin, your child has to press the salad spinning button. We took turns counting to ten spins each to make these designs. I also like that the salad spinner has room for a larger canvas (paper plate) which means more paint! Yay! We made a lot of these. I will glue large popsicle sticks on each one to make fans for memorial day.

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