Water Painting added 3-2-00
Need: paint, oil, water, eye droppers, two
cups, and a paper.
This could an a combination of a Science and Art project. Add water in
one of the cups and mixed any color of paint. In another cup add
oil, and mix any different color... call it Oil paint. In each cup
add eye dropper. Have the child add two drops or three of water
paint on his paper which would be placed in a box, then add two or
three drop of oil paint on it. Then have the child to rock the box
and see how colors mix... of course, we all know that water and oil do
not mix, so it would create a lovely design on the paper. Children love
it in my center.
5-20-01 Submitted by: C Jordan
Need: Salad Spinner, paper plate, paint
Directions: Cut paper plates to fit inside a
salad spinner. Children may squirt tempera paint onto the paper.
Put the top on the spinner and spin!
Sand Art added
5-20-01 Submitted by: C Jordan
salt, water, watercolor or food color, squeeze bottles, foam plates
equal parts of flour, salt and water. Color with watercolor or food
color and put into squeeze bottles such as plastic catsup/mustard bottles.
Let the children make designs onto foam plates. Eventually these dry
crystal hard if not to thick.
6-26-01 Submitted by: Rala Dayal
Need: paint, paper, child size rolling pin
Directions: Recently, I gave a piece of paper
to my preschoolers with different color tempera paints and a child size
rolling pin. I put dabs of colored paint on the paper, asked the
children to fold it in half. Then they used rolling pin to
distribute the paint all over the folded paper. When the paper was
opened, the pyrotechnic effect of the colors and the different symmetrical
designs that were produced looked fabulous. The children tried to
name the patterns on their painting.
6-26-01 Submitted by: Nicole Hadlock
Need: Large marble (be careful of a
choking hazard. With young child try a golf ball.) Paint, paper, cake pan
Directions: You cut out a piece of paper the
size of a round cake pan. Then you place the piece of paper in the
pan. You then roll marbles in different colors of paint. You place
the paint covered marbles in the cake pan with the paper and roll the
marbles around. The kids love it. (We used this idea to make our own
planets for space week.)
You can also cut the circle a little smaller then the pan and put the pan
in the corners of the pan. Less mess this way and the child think it is a
game to try to roll there marble into the paint first then across there
paper. Great Hand eye coordination for older preschool children.
cream art added
6-26-01 Submitted by: Anonymous
Need: Shaving cream, paper, powdered
spray the shaving cream on table, paper, or anything else you would
like then you sprinkle tempera powdered paint on it and let there hands do
Poke Art added
11-5-01 Submitted by: Cindy Jordan
Need: Play dough, collage material
Put a ball of play dough on a small
paper plate. Set out an assortment of collage items such as: Popsicle
sticks, colored pasta, feathers, beads etc. Let children poke the
collage items into their play dough. Even your non-art enthusiasts
will love this one!
Brush Ideas added
5-21-02 Original Author Unknown
On a dowel rod, chopsticks, or something of that nature, attach one of the
following objects to make a paintbrush of a different kind:
9-9-02 Submitted by: Nikki
tempera paint, yarn, paper, bowl or plate
Fold sheets of paper in half then open
back up, dip yarn into bowl of tempera paint, lay yarn in any direction,
curve, etc onto the paper, fold the paper back in half over the yarn, pull
the yarn out, now you have a unique piece of art.
added 2-10-04 Submitted by:
This activity can be done inside or outside. Put chicken wire along a
fence by tacking it with small staples. Tape the edge with duct tape
to keep children from getting scratched. Provide items for the
children to weave with ribbons, string, straw, feathers, rope, etc.
This is a wonderful cognitive development activity. You can also
use an old hammock that you might pick up at a yard sale.
added 8-2-04 Submitted by:
Wendy Marie Small
Lay a large sheet of white paper on the floor. Paint the children's feet
with any color paint. Turn on the music and let the children dance on the
paper. Tada! Dancing Musical Feet!
8-2-04 Submitted by: Jessica
Need: balloons, paper,
4 colors of paint, paper plates,
the paint on a plate, and move the plate around to have the colors swirl.
Blow a balloon up just a little bit. Take the end of the balloon and stamp
the balloon in the paint. Take the balloon and stamp it on the paper.
It makes a really cool design.