Every time the long school break comes around, we’ll bet that you’ll be scratching your head wondering about the activities that you’ll need to plan for your child to have a fun yet productive school holiday. Well, you can give your child a paintbrush and some paint and they’ll be able to stay busy for hours.
But did you know that there are lots of different ways to be creative with paint other than just painting on a blank canvas? We’ve got you covered parents! These 3 unique painting projects will surely pique an interest in your child and get them excited about painting.
Painting is a way for children to do many important things: convey ideas, express emotion, use their senses, explore colour, explore process and outcomes, and create aesthetically pleasing works and experiences.
#1 – Glue & Fabric Batik
Instead of hot wax, try using glue to draw on a piece of fabric – it’s much more child-friendly and you’ll be surprised by how well it’ll turn out.
- Simply get your kids to draw their art on a piece of white cloth using glue and let it dry completely.
- Once it’s dry, get your kids to paint inside the lines, but it’s okay if the paint goes over the line a little.
- When the paint dries, you can then wash out the glue. Just place the painted batiks into a tub of hot water and let it soak for an hour or two, then gently scrub the glue and excess paint off with a soft scrub brush.
- Once done, toss it into the dryer or let it hang to dry. Lastly, iron over the fabric to set the colour and smooth out the wrinkles, and you’re done! It’ll make a great piece of art to hang up in your kids room or anywhere around the house.
#2 – Give Plain or Old furniture a Burst of Colour
If you have some old or plain furniture that needs a brand new look, why not give it a burst of colour and give your room a whole fresh look? All you need to do is:
- Pick a furniture – like an old bedside drawer or your kids’ study table.
- Prepare a few colours in a painting tray and let you kids get creative by painting it with a paint brush, roller or even their hands and fingers.
- Let them take the lead and let them decide on what colour and what tool they want to use.
- Once they’re done, let the item dry.
Now you have a brand new piece of furniture that your child will be proud of and it’ll be a great conversation starter when visitors comes to your house.
#3 – Pendulum Painting
This is a fun STEM painting activity that uses recycled materials you can easily find around your house.
- First create two poles and one across to hold the paint container. The paint container can be an old paper cup or cupcake cups.
- Add some holes to the bottom of the cup and tie it to the tube so that it’s hanging freely.
- Then, add a piece of paper right under your paint bucket, pour your paint in the paint bucket and swing it around while watching the paint drip in motion.
- Add more paint on top of the old paint and create your very own masterpiece!
DID YOU KNOW?
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