It works those oh-so-important fine motor skills
You can set it up to teach mixing primary colors to make secondary colors
Extension activity for the Vermicomposting project you've been doing with the kids. Get it?
Encourages kids to paint with non-traditional tools
It's a good way to recycle leftover spaghetti noodles when you've made too much for dinner
Set-up and clean-up is a snap with no paint-filled brushes to wash when finished
Pollock was pretty crazy and so is painting like Pollock..crazy fun that is!
And the best reason...it's messy, goofy fun!
Step 1: Gather Necessary Materials
Newspaper to protect the workspace. Trust me, it's messy!
Tempera Paint (I like to use this type of paint because it washes up and out so easily)
A couple of shallow dishes to pour the paint into.
(Tin pie plates work well for this and are a good excuse to go to Marie Callender's for a $5
Cooked spaghetti noodles
(I like to put aside a few handfuls for later use when we're having spaghetti for dinner. I prefer
thick noodles because they are easy for little hands to grip. However, any type will work. In
fact, thinner noodles would really give young fingers a dexterity workout)
A piece of art paper...the bigger the better.
(I'd pull out a few pieces because this activity is so fun that the kid is bound to want more)
One eager kid clothed in a paint-safe outfit
*Side note: String, yarn, twine, ribbon or really any kind of thick thread works well for this project and can be used instead of spaghetti noodles and would be fun to experiment with. You can also have kids clip a clothes pin to it for a less messy method... but who really wants that?
Step 2: Open Up the Daily Press
First, you'll need to cover the workspace with newspaper.
Step 3: Pour Some Out
We've been talking a lot about primary and secondary colors in our household lately. As you probably guessed...my daughter decided today we'd make green!
Step 4: Plop Some In
Step 5: Use Yer Noodle
Step 6: Art Appreciation
When dry the painting can be frame or recycled into some awesome looking "Thank you" note cards by cutting it up into rectangles!
Step 7: Sloppy Copy
Trust me...Don't look...not even a peep...You don't want to know.
Step 8: Worth It in the End