Recyclables That Make the Best Painting Tools

The hands-on process of dabbling in paint and creating art is a fun learning opportunity for kids. Painting doesn't have to be limited to paint brushes and easels. Look for ways to be creative with recyclables and other materials as painting tools.

Recyclables kids can use as painting tools - Preschool Toolkit

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This activity makes use of several recyclables including foam trays, plastic yogurt or pudding pots, and plastic packaging or lids.

Recyclables kids can use as painting tools - Preschool Toolkit

You will need:  paint   *   construction paper   *  and clean plastic containers or plastic packaging in different sizes and shapes.

We were able to come up with circle, a square and almost a rectangle! The tops of these containers have narrow flat rims which can easily transfer the paint.

Recyclables kids can use as painting tools - Preschool Toolkit

  • Pour paint into a foam tray.
  • Press a plastic shape into the paint and press onto the paper. Can you see a design taking shape?    A car? Maybe a train?

Recyclables kids can use as painting tools - Preschool Toolkit

  • Put two or more paint colors in one tray.
  • Make patterns or random designs on the paper.

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Suggestions for small group activities:

  •  Count the number of impressions made with the container.
  • Talk about the sizes and colors used.
  • Mix two or more paint colors together to make a 'new' color.
  • When the paint is dry, add features to the stamps to make animals or other characters.
  • Cut out the round shapes and glue to a rectangle to make a vehicle.


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