It has been a while since we have taken the paints out. I’m not even talking about the water colors, I am talking about those large bottles of 8+ colors that I keep right at the back of the cupboard in the fear that my 4 year old will get hold of them and paint himself, the floor and the walls in the 3 seconds my eyes are not on him. My 4 year old is a sensory seeker.
Today’s post is about just letting it go and seeing what happens. Ahem, after I have mess protected the place.
Be sure to check the bottom of this post for more process art ideas from fellow bloggers on this challenge!
First grab your materials! I got some paint (woohoo neon!) something to put paint in, a few sheets of paper and instead of using the table as we usually do I put down a cheap shower curtain I bought just for messy play and we all sat on top of it with our paint and papers.
A few items you can consider using to make dots with:
- pencils backends where the eraser is
- use a dot-a dot marker (I really considered this one! next time)
- round sponges
- basically anything that will make a dot 😀
We went with the q-tips since we hadn’t used any for sometime.
Pop, pop, POP! goes my 3 year old as she makes dots in neon orange.
My 4 year old made circles of dots in various colors. See! I told you he loved paint.
Exhibit A: below. I thought it kind of looked cool with it being all neon green and all. Also I happened to do this activity right before bath time. I felt very clever for thinking of that one. (score one for Mom!)
And yes, that is a dirty neon green hand. The kid is dust bunny and my new hashtag on instagram is #theyareALWAYSdirty, so true.
The 6 year old got bored of this dotting stuff and decided that BIGGER dots were better. They are urm, bigger.
Anyways, much fun was had and not just dotting! The kids drew pictures with their q-tips and dotted apples on a tree. The paint was also mix in the dish into a multi-color paint with went on the paper too.
Challenges like this always remind me that it’s all about play!
See what my blog friends did with their PAINT!
Bubble Snake Painting from Stir the Wonder
Painting with Funnels from Still Playing School
Process Art with Rollers from Craftulate
Painting with Nature from School Time Snippets
Bath Tub Sensory Painting from P is for Preschooler
Hardware Store Process Art from Lalymom
Oh and Mama also had fun with some dotting. Here is a sneak peak while my art dries overnight! 😉