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Art Activities For Children - Painting Activities
There is a lot of variations you can do with paint as an art activity for children, I'll list some below.
Kids love a record of their hand or footprints, and they make great cards for a Grandparent or for Father's Day. But you can also use hand-prints to make other pictures, such as a flower.
The child puts paint on their hand, and then prints hand prints round in a circle to create the flower pattern. Then you add in the extra things like the center of the flower, and a stalk and leaves etc. They could also use hand prints to make a tree - really anything, the only limit is your imagination.
Paint with Objects
Use different objects to paint with. You can get all sorts of interesting textures and patterns using sticks, bottle tops, leaves, pieces of sponge, screwed up paper, rags etc.
It is great for children to experiment with learning about shapes and textures. You can snip pieces out of a piece of stiff card, so the paint will only be on the longer edges, to create interesting patterns. You can flick paint on with a toothbrush, or blow it on with a straw.
Another great activity, is for the children to cut shapes on the surface of a half potato, and print the shapes after stamping in paint. It is also interesting to use all sorts of fruit or vegetables as stamps, cut an apple in half, or an orange, or slice a broccoli head lengthwise.
When printing or stamping, it is better to water the paint down a little and soak some into a dish sponge, to create a stamp pad.
Painting can be a bit messy, so you need somewhere you can clean up easily, and have buckets or a sink of water ready to go to wash hands if doing hand prints.