How to Make Cardboard Painting Tools for Preschool Activities
Cardboard painting tools are a great addition to your toolkit. They're easy to make with some recycled cardboard. Provide opportunities to explore and create with painting tools you make with the kids.
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Homemade painting tools are easy to make for awesome painting experiences with preschoolers. This simple painting tool made with cardboard will provide lots of opportunity for process art!
Cardboard is a readily available material to use for crafting. You can save clean pieces of cardboard from cereal boxes, pizza boxes and other packaging.
Cardboard painting tools
For these paint tools, use sturdy cardboard that will hold up when the tools get wet with paint. Make a variety of designs in the cardboard for different results in the art activity.
A similar set of plastic paint scrapers is available to purchase online. You might also find them in a crafts store or toy store.
Set up the activity with a few different paint tools and paint colors as an invitation for kids to create. Minimal instruction is required to provide oodles of creative fun!
Related: Painting with recyclable containers
Instructions for cardboard painting tools
1. Cut notches in one side of a piece of corrugated or plain cardboard.
2. Vary the notches to create different results in the paint.
3. Pour a row of washable kids paintonto construction paper or card stock.
4. Glide the painting tool through the paint to create a design.
Learning through play
1. Create a wall mural.
Make "grass" as shown in the photo above.
When the paint is dry, draw and cut out trees, flowers or animals to glue into the picture.
2. Place a long sheet of paper on a table.
Put dabs of different paint colors at intervals along the length of the paper.
Kids can place a paint spreader at one end of the paper, then walk along the full length of the paper without lifting their spreader from the paper.
Awesome ideas for painting tools from other bloggers:
- How to Make Your Own Potato Stamp - Emma Owl
- Pipe Cleaner Heart Print Making - Where Imagination Grows
- Painting Ideas for Kids Using Rubber Bands - JDaniel4's Mom
- Nature Paint Brushes - Messy Little Monster
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