Igniting Curiosity Through the Power of Play

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Jun 29, 2020

Painting Without A Paintbrush

A paintbrush is just one of many tools you can use to create a masterpiece! Experience the colours, textures, and movement of paint in a whole new way using various household objects.

Vehicle Painting

This activity works best with a large sheet or roll of paper - the bigger, the better! Allow your child to select a variety of toy vehicles they may want to use for this activity. Encourage them to think about the different sizes and shapes of wheels. Dip the wheels in paint and drive the vehicles across the paper. Try changing the speed or direction of the vehicles and observe how it alters the paint patterns. This activity offers children the opportunity to practice motor skills, explore cause and effect, and express their creativity. 

Toilet Paper Roll Stamps

Explore shapes and colours using recyclable materials. This activity can be as simple or complex as you wish. Younger children may enjoy dipping the end of the roll in paint to create a circle stamp. Older children may wish to use scissors to change the shape of the roll. These recyclable rolls can be spliced, molded, or folded to create endless shapes and patterns. As your family is playing, try layering patterns one on top of another. Talk to your children about the different shapes, colours, and patterns they are creating. This is a great way to encourage cognitive development, foundational math skills, and early literacy.

Marble Painting

Experiment with forces and early STEAMTo start marble painting, simply tape a piece of paper to the bottom of a bin or box, add drops of paint to the outer edges of the paper, and drop some marbles in! Slowly move or rotate the bin side-to-side and watch the marbles spread paint across the paper. Make predictions about the movement of marbles of different sizes and weights and test your ideas! Notice the relationship between the size of the marble and the appearance of its paint smear. Observe what happens while primary and secondary colours are mixed together. Talk to your children about what they are noticing and ask open-ended “why” and “how” questions.

Spray-Bottle Painting

Spray-bottle painting is an engaging outdoor activity for active children. Hang a large piece of paper on a fence or railing, or lay it flat on the ground. Put a small amount of paint in a spray bottle and add just enough water for the paint to make its way through the nozzle. If you don’t have paint, food colouring is a good alternative. Allow your child to spray paint onto the paper and create their own work of art. Spray-bottle painting helps children practice fine motor skills and explore colour theory.

Bubble Painting

This type of painting doesn’t use brushes - or even paint! For this activity, you will need bubble solution, food colouring, and bubble wands. Pour bubble solution onto a flat tray and mix in a few drops of food colouring. Use your bubble wand to blow bubbles directly on the paper. When the bubbles pop, they will leave behind a colourful bubble print. Bubble painting offers children a rich sensory experience as well as the opportunity to develop physical literacy skills.

Tips for Play

Get creative! Almost anything can be used as a paintbrush - combs, flowers, sponges, potatoes, toothbrushes, feathers, and more! Look around your house or outdoors and see what your family can use as a paintbrush.

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