For a new painting experience try “plunger painting”.
Just get a new plunger, some paint and paper. I like to pour the paint into a container that has a lip around the edge to keep the paint inside. This is a large muscle activity so it can be easier to do this painting outdoors.
Before painting with the plunger, introduce the plunger to children. Children can experience how a plunger works. Demonstrate how to push the plunger down and how to pick it up. Now, it is time to give the plungers a try on their own.
Each child gets to dip the plunger into the paint. Then a child sets the plunger on the paper that’s on the floor, ground, or sidewalk. The painted plunger can be set on the paper several times before more paint is needed.
Remember the list of items to have to provide a variety of materials in the art center? Well, the plunger meets that need.
When finished, count the number of circles. How many circles are there? How can you tell? Are they all the same size, same color, or different?
It takes self-regulation to just dip the plunger one time and then set it on the paper several times before getting more paint.
The social-emotional skill of following directions is evident. Depending on the number of children, they take turns and cheer for other children enhancing that feeling of community!
Children use large muscles to do plunger painting. Back muscles, arms, shoulders and even legs get involved.
Language skills are enhances with new vocabulary words: plunger and suction.
This so simple but alot of fun!