A few weeks ago I posted about painting with texture and since then I have noticed that the kids have been using the language from that activity quite frequently! Busy will point out that the white glue we are using is slimy or smooth like plain paint, and Beansie has noticed that the mud Busy collected was "bumpy like the paint we used 'yesterday'." (everyday before today is yesterday ;) So today we took the texture painting idea and dug a little deeper. I turned to The Imagination Tree for some great ideas!
- bowls for textures
- divided paint tray (or bowls)
- paint brushes (optional)
- sugar, flour, oats, dirt, bread crumbs and white glue (and/or any other materials you can add to paint to achieve different and interesting textures)
What To Do:
- Put the flour, sugar etc. in the bowls and the paint in the tray.
- Talk about the texture of the plain paint.
- Then one by one let them add as much or as little sugar, glue, etc. as they want to each paint color. (Busy put the oats in the red paint, sugar in orange, bread crumbs in yellow, dirt in pink, glue in blue, and flour in green.
- Per Busy's request, I labeled 6 different pieces of paper with what was put in the paint.
- Paint using brushed, hands and fingers and have fun!
- As they are painting (and let's be honest, I was painting too!) discuss the new textures of the paint.
- Let it all dry then hang to admire :)
Busy spooned the sugar into the orange paint
and mixed it until it became "gritty"
She said the bread crumbs in the paint felt
"like a sponge"
She remembered using the oats in our first
installment of texture painting and said it
was "still bumpy"
The dirt she added she thought "was sandy"
She thought the glue in the paint was the
prettiest when she swirled it saying it was
"shiny" and "wettish"
She painted the flour paint with her hands
and said "it feels like pancake batter"
When we do this activity with brother, Busy said she wants to mix colors. When I asked her why she didn't do that this time, she said "I need to keep the colors separate for the first time because I don't know what to expect. Once I know what they look like, I will put them all together." I love the way her brain works!!
The dried paint was pretty cool to investigate as well. The dirt paint dried like sand paper and would be really great to use in rubbings. You could paint a picture or message with the dirt paint then once dry, put another paper on top and use a crayon to rub over the picture.
The sugar filled orange paint was my favorite. Once dry, the paint appears wet still! It's shiny and glistens and has a really quite interesting.
Get creative with this activity! Other things you could add to the paint are
And if you haven't been to The Imagination Tree, GO! Her blog is fantastic!! And make sure you follow her on Pinterest as well.