CR2-4 Paint

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Aim: To encourage children to use paint in a creative way. A collection of five activities using paint. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR-2-4


Activity 1
• A3 black paper
• Bits of old sponge
• PVA glue
• Coloured poster paints
• Paint containers
• Water
• Spatulas
• Aprons
• Bowl of water
• Soap

Activity 2
• Tempera paint (2 tablespoons)
• Washing up liquid (1 tablespoon)
• Mixing bowl and spoon
• Sugar paper
• Drinking straw
• Metal pie pan
• ½ cup water

Activity 3
• Coloured card
• Finger paints
• Colouring pens/Pencils
• Tray
• Scissors

Activity 4
• Sugar paper
• Poster paint
• Trays
• Straws
• Water

Activity 5
• Paper
• Poster paint
• Pens


Activity 1 - Splat Pictures

• It’s best to do this activity outside or make sure that you cover up the floor well as it might get a bit messy.
• Put the different colour paints into containers.
• Add a little bit of water and stir.
• Get the children to line up outside and give them an apron.
• Ensure you have a bowl of water and soap ready to tidy up with.

Splat pictures are so much fun. Use the technique below to create the perfect piece of fridge art:
• Give each child a piece of black AS paper.
• Tell them to choose a colour and dip their piece of sponge into it. Don’t submerge it fully or it will get even messier.
• Place the sponge on the paper, and repeat with several colours.
• Now the creative fun begins! Splat each sponge, by hitting it once with a spatula.
• Remove the pieces of sponge to reveal your creative masterpiece.

Make sure that the floor is well covered and that children are spread out as far as possible.

Extension Tasks/Adaptations:
• Experiment with different shapes, colours and splatter techniques. Try throwing or dropping the sponges at the paper, but don’t miss.
• See if you can see anything in your pictures.

Activity 2 - Bubble Art

Aim: To use bubbles to create a picture.

This activity combines all the fun of blowing bubbles and painting into one activity:
• Stir together the water, paint and washing up liquid.
• Pour the mixture into a pie pan, and place one end of the straw into the mixture and ask the child to gently blow to make bubbles. Stop when the bubbles reach the edge of the pie pan.
• Place the paper on top of the bubbles and hold it until some of the bubbles have burst leaving a mark on the paper.
• Leave to dry.

Extension Tasks/Adaptations:
Use this technique to make decorations or cards.

Activity 3 - Finger Bookmark

Aim: To create an interesting bookmark.

• Cut out a rectangle from card in the shape of a book mark.
• Cut little snips about 3cm long on one end to form a fringe.
• Place a variety of colours of finger paint into trays on the table.
• Have plenty of paper towels and a bowl of water available to tidy up the mess.

Finger painting is a great way for children to get creative with paint and create their own personalised designs. Follow the guidance below:
• Give each child an apron as they enter the room.
• Instruct them that they are going to do some painting just using their fingers.
• You might like to demonstrate how to do it with one of the pictures below.

Now get the children busy on their own designs, some ideas are given below:
• Apple Tree — Orientate the bookmark so that it is in portrait, Create the trunk by stamping the side of your hand in brown paint, and press it on the card near the bottom of the book mark. Now press your index finger in green paint and stamp it many times on the paper for the leaves (reapplying paint as necessary). Finally, press your little finger in red paint and stamp it lightly on the paper for the apples.
• Daisies - In landscape draw three daisies along the length of the bookmark. Press your thumb in the yellow paint. and print on the card. Around the yellow print, complete a circle of white petals using your index finger.
• Goldfish — In landscape use your little finger to draw the gravel in brown or grey paint. Now make rows of blue index fingerprints. Every now and then add your fish by completing an orange index finger print Use the tip of your little finger to create the two parts of the tale, and a felt tip pen for the eyes.
• Busy Bee — Use your thumb in yellow paint to create the bee’s body at a slight angle. Dip your little finger into black paint, and gently dot on a head and an even smaller stinger. Now create a stripe in the middle of the body again using your little linger. Stamp your index finger into grey paint, remove some of the paint by stamping it onto a scrap piece of paper. Then press the wings above the body at opposite angles.
Snake — In landscape using your index finger alternate green and brown linger prints in opposite directions. Continue the pattern to make the snake. Dot on a black eye and tongue with a felt tip pen.

• Firm prints make oval shapes, and gentle presses make circle shapes.
• Sprinkle glitter on your painting before it dries.

Extension Tasks/Adaptations:
• This technique can be used on paper, to create cards or even decorate plant pots.
• To create more abstract pieces of art use a spoon to scoop a generous amount of paint onto the paper. Smear the paint around with your fingers. Don’t be timid when finger painting, use lots of bright colours and bold strokes
• Try using your hands and feet.

Activity 4 - Straw Painting

Aim: To create a picture using straws.

Put a couple of drops of thinned paint onto the paper. Get the children to aim their straw at the paint and blow. manoeuvring the paint in any direction.

Extension Tasks/Adaptations:
• Place a table tennis ball on the paint and blow that around the paper for a distinctive effect Ensure that children Make sure that it doesn’t drop off the paper.
• As an alternative drop a few marbles in a variety of coloured paint. Lay the paper into the bottom of a box and place the marbles from one colour into the container and roll around by moving the box from side to side etc. Remove that colour and continue with the other colours.

Activity 5 - Face Painting Design Templates

Aim: To create a design for the face picture template to be used for a face painting session.

• Give each child a piece if paper so that they can make a template to be painted onto their faces in a future session.
• Encourage them to be creative and design either an animal, a character or a their own individual design.

For full details see BB Anchors Pro Pack CR2-4


  • anchors
  • art
  • Bubbles
  • creativity
  • paint
  • painting activity
  • Pictures
  • splash

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