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.
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This activity makes use of several recyclables including foam trays, plastic yogurt or pudding pots, and plastic packaging or lids.
- foam tray
- 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.
- Pour paint into a foam tray.
- Press a plastic shape into the paint and press onto the paper.
Can you design taking shape? A car? A locomotive?
- 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.
More painting possibilities from other kid-friendly bloggers:
- Dandelion Fork Painting - Raising Little Superheroes
- Fork Scrape Painting - The Imagination Tree
- Easy Toddler Painting Activity - Moms and Crafters
- Bubble Wrap Roller Painting -My Bored Toddler