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The Art Experience: Paint!


Art is a wonderful way for children to express themselves and children love to paint! This is my preschooler's all time favorite thing to do.


Painting Supply List:

{A good place to start!}
  • quality paper
  • coffee filters
  • spray bottles
  • droppers
  • sponges
  • scrapers
  • brushes - all kinds and sizes
  • newspaper brushes
Newspaper brush
  • foam brushes
Homemade foam brush.

  • massage rollers
  • paint rollers
  • squeegees
  • nylon sock filled with sand or salt. 
Nylon sock filled with salt.
  • splatter screens
  • feather dusters
  • fly swatters
Fly swatter painting.
  • straws
  • string
  • ribbon
  • bubble wrap
Bubble wrap painting the letter B for My Blue Boat.

  • cotton swabs
  • sticks
  • corks
  • feathers
  • medicine droppers
Drip drop painting during our Creation week
  • marbles
  • magnets and metal objects
Magnet painting for the letter M
  • nature items
  • spools
  • dog toys
  • crayons
  • toy cars and trucks
Tire track painting for our letter T fun.

  • liquid watercolor
  • tempera paint
  • kid paint
  • homemade paint
  • plexiglass (for on the table or on the wall for a smooth art surface)
  • butcher paper (cover the table and let them scribble, doodle and paint to their heart's content!)
  • vinyl table cover (to protect the surface of your table)


Provide a variety of tools and materials so children can experiment and become comfortable with expressing themselves.  And don't forget fingers, toes, hands and feet!

Do and Talk:
  • drip paint on paper and fold it in half 
  • use water color on wet paper
  • fingerpaint
  • dip string in paint then drag on paper
  • roll a marble in paint and then on paper
  • place a dab of paint on paper and move it around by blowing through a straw
  • paint with a variety of objects
  • use the objects to make prints
  • cut up dry paintings and paste them together to make a new picture
  • talk about what you are doing! 
Excellent resources for more art experiences:
Remember:

The opportunities that you provide help build concepts, sharpen perception and build vocabulary! 

Tomorrow, I will share a few tips for success when working with your preschooler.
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