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Printing and painting with pot scourers

Printing and painting with pot scourers with glitter


Themes: My home, the five senses and hands. This would make a lovely background for a sky or water done in blues and whites. This technique can be used to colour a variety of shapes such as autumn colours on autumn leaf shapes, flower shapes, butterflies etc. The prints can be added to tree branches to make the tree top.

You will need: Paper, bright coloured thick ready mixed paint, pot scourers, flat plastic lids, glue and glitter. The scourer can be washed and reused. Dry well so they do not rust.

Age: This activity will work well with all the age ranges but I would recommend plastic scourers for the under two’s as they may put them into their mouths. The children enjoyed the unusual sensory experience and this activity attracted many boys to the activity!

I bought some inexpensive metal pot scourers which came in a set of 6. Plastic ones will be as effective.


I used black paper which contrasted nicely with the bright paint colours I selected.


I placed the paint on plastic ice-cream lids so it was easy to dip them into the paint.


The children printed and ‘painted’ with the pot scourers. I encouraged them to rotate the scourers which created interesting circle patterns of paint. Some children chose to use the scourer to spread the paint creating an interesting paint effect. Others chose to create a border around the edge of the paper.

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Once the paintings had dried, we dipped the scourer into some glue and repeated the printing action to spread some glue onto the painting. The children sprinkled glitter onto the glue.

We ended up with beautiful paintings which were sparkly.
CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.

Create in 2D
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
• Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting
• Use colour to create pattern

Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting






Autumn leaves – cutting

:Autumn, Leaves, Trees, Hands

I saw this idea on Pinterest and adapted it to use with my autumn theme.

I recently purchased some yellow contact sticky paper on sale. Clear contact paper will be effective too.
I drew an outline of a leaf using a black koki pen. I folded the edge over so it would be quick and easy to pull off the paper for the children when I set out the activity.

Since the toddlers are limited with their cutting skills I cut red and yellow paper into strips and they enjoyed cutting it up and watching the pieces fall onto the sticky paper. Once the leaf was well covered I pasted a clear sheet over and cut out the leaf shape.

I painted a tree on the window and attached the leaves. With the light shining behind the leaves it was very effective.

• Make sure you can pull off the sticky paper easily when you present it to the children – its tricky to get the two layers to separate
• Be well prepared
• Some children just could not resist putting their hands on the leaves so some leaves never made it to the tree
• This activity is best suited to the 4-6 year olds
• If you don’t have contact paper, it is still effective on paper using glue • Instead of cutting the strips of paper, the children could tear the strips into pieces

CAPS outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of paint and other tools and equipment.
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Craft skills and techniques: cutting, pasting, tearing

Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops fine motor control using scissors to snip paper strips
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. cutting
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. cutting

I applied the same concept to an activity I set out for the babies. I attached a sheet of clear contact paper to a low table. The babies enjoyed attaching and moving collage items on the contact paper. Some babies were more interested in sliding collage items under the paper, pulling off the masking tape and feeling the sticky surface with their hands.