Monday, 28 October 2013

Different ways to paint






I love painting activities :)

I am however a strong believer that it is not the finished product that is important, it is more the experience and the fun in doing it that's count. Children should be able to paint freely at least 80% of the time. they should be allowed to get in a mess, and repaint over the same bit of paper until it begins to rip and fall apart.

Of course there maybe times when you feel that their finished product should represent something. But ask yourself why... why do you want them to paint a bear? why does it have to be brown? why cant it be rainbow coloured?

Try and remember that children learn best through being able to fully experience a task, to be able to follow their own imagination and feel free to create. Surely it is better to ask them about their finished product, encouraging them to use their words to express their creativity, than to say 'well done you have painted a brown bear.'

There are many ways that children can be creative with paint. Painting doesn't always have to be paintbrush activity. Why don't you try introducing one of these ideas to your little ones.

Marble rolling.

Put the piece of paper into a tray. You can then either paint the marble or put splodges of different coloured paint straight onto the paper. All you have to do is move the tray up and down etc to make the marble roll around on the paper. Use as many colours as you like. :)

Blow painting with straws.

Put the paper in the tray and add a few drops of paint onto the paper. Use a straw to blow the paint around the paper. Try using different colours.

Finger painting.

This is one of my favourite, as you can get really messy! :) You can either use tubs of finger paints to dip your finger in and paint, or try putting splodges of different coloured thick paint onto the paper and using your fingers to move it about.

Finger painting prints.

Put different colours of paint straight into the art tray, and then make different patterns and marks in it. When you have finished, put the paper on the top and press it down. When you pull the paper back off, it should have your painting creation printed on it.

Hand prints

Paint your hands and either print them down to make individual hand prints, or get messy, and just make your own art creation with your hands. I like to cover the whole table with a large roll of paper, so they can be as creative as they like.

Foot prints.

Paint your child's feet and print onto paper. If you like to get messy like me, then you can put out a large roll of paper onto the garden floor. Take their shoes and socks off and let them step into trays of different coloured paint and walk across the paper. They will have so much fun, that you will be wanting to join in.

Potato printing

You can be really creative and cut shapes into half a potato for them to print with, or you can just cut up different fruit and vegetables to print with.
Try:
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • mushroom - full or cut in half.
  • apples
  • pear
Just remind them that they can't eat them... I have caught my son trying to take a bite out of a cut up painted apple.

Bubble paper printing.

You can either cut out flower shapes out of bubble paper, or just scrunch it up for them to make their own creative art work.

Butterfly printing.

Fold a piece of paper in half. Put different coloured paint splodges on one half of the paper. Fold the other half of the paper on top and rub the paint into the fold and back out again. When you open it up, it should look like a beautiful butterfly.

Car rolling.

Supply a variety of trays with different coloured paint in them. Put different vehicles in the trays. Look for vehicles with different tyre thickness and tread patterns. Let your child roll the different cars over their paper.

Twigs and leaves.

Use different natural materials to either print with, or paint with like brushes.

Blow bubble painting.

Add a small amount of washing up liquid to your paint. Put a straw in, and blow bubbles. When you have a good amount of bubbles, use your paper to gently push down on the bubbles. This usually gives a lovely effect. I would suggest you only let your child blow through the straw if you are confident they will not suck up the paint.


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