Monday, September 26, 2011

Did you know that there are many different types of art for children to explore and learn?

Here are some examples:

Resist Painting; This kind of art is fairly easy for children to participate in.

What you will need:
White paper
Assorted colours of washable paint, tempera paint, or watercolors
White crayons
Paintbrushes
Paper Plates

The children will draw a picture with the white crayon, and then use a paintbrush dipped in water to paint over the drawing. Children will be able to visualize that these two media will not mix, and they will be able to see their picture come to life through the paint.

Estimated Age: 4 to 6 years old.





Painting; Children always enjoy painting simply using paint and paintbrushes.

For an activity, you can always provide a sheet of white paper, assorted colours of paint, and paintbrushes for the children to use their imagination and create their own picture or masterpiece. Here is an example:
To go with the example below, you can allow the children to use the primary colors yellow and red, mix them to make orange, and then they can use the orange color for the lights on a car. They can also do that with any other colors they wish to make!




Marble Painting; Marble printing is a unique way for children to paint using objects other than paintbrushes.

What you will Need:
Construction Paper
Assorted colours of paint
Marbles
Paper Plates
Cardboard box covers

Age of children: Preschool and up
Children will be able to choose their favorite color construction paper. Then, they will place a marble in each color of paint. Place the construction paper inside of the cardboard box cover, then drop the marble onto the paper. The child will be able to move the box from side to side in order for the marble to make cool designs on the construction paper. Examples of the finished product below:



Marking; Marking on paper using crayons and markers helps children strengthen their fine motor skills.

What you will Need:
Paper
Markers
Crayons

Allow children to draw anything that they desire. It is an easy way for them to be really creative and to think outside of the box! Example below:



Making a 3-D flower; To make a flower like the one below, children will need assorted colours of markers, pipe cleaners of assorted colours, spray water bottle, and paper coffee filters.

Procedure:
Allow each child to decorate the paper coffee filter. Once they have completed this step, help them to spray some water on the coffee filter, but not too much or it will become too flimsy and will be more prone to tearing. Help the child place a pipe cleaner for the stem, and then they will have created a 3-D flower!



The example below is a collage of paint. Objects used can be straws, pipe cleaners, or string. Children will dip either one of the objects to choose from in paint, and then they will dab it onto paper. Then, let them fold the paper in half so that each side will look similar in appearance.


Toilet Paper Roll Printing; Using toilet paper rolls as a printing tool will expose children to other types of items to paint with instead of paintbrushes.

What you will need:
Paper
Paint of assorted colours
Toilet Paper Rolls
Paper Plates
Paintbrushes

Let the children make their own patterns using the toilet paper rolls, or allow them to create a picture. Allow them to be as creative as they want to be! Examples below:




I hope you enjoyed viewing the examples of art projects to do with your children! They are all very simple, yet very fun for the children especially in the preschool years! :)




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