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Autumn leaves – painting/printing

Autumn leaves – hand traced and sponge painted to be used for a group tree display

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You will need:
A4 white paper
Black koki pen or wax crayon
Red and yellow paint
Sponges in pegs or sponge dobbers

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To start off trace around each child’s hand using a koki pen or black wax crayon. You need a dark outline as the children will paint over the edges. Ask the child to spread their fingers apart and instead of creating a rounded finger tip make sharp points to create a hand-shaped leaf outline. Trace two hands on each page.DSCN7156

The children print the outline using the sponge dobbers or sponges in pegs. Encourage the children to print over the layers of colour to create orange. Continue until the outline is well covered with colour.

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Once the painting is dry, teacher cuts out the leaves. Some children may manage to do this but it is quite difficult for the children to cut on their own.

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Notes:
Some children chose to paint with the sponges rather than print which was still effective
Remind the children to print in the leaf shape
This activity works well with the younger age group but let them print the paper first and when dry trace their hands onto the painting and cut out
Display as a group tree collage
Some children chose to only use one colour
Some of the children chose to trace their own hands. Although they had rounded fingers, the leaves were still effective.

Complement the tree with glittered real leaves – see blogs – glittered autumn leaves and creating the tree trunk using a variety of brushes to paint with.

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Themes:
Autumn, Leaves, Colours, Trees and wood, Hands, Summer using greens instead of autumn colours, Fire – use the technique to create flames

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.
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• 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
• Draw and give own interpretation to drawings using the week’s topic using wax crayon, oil pastels and other drawing media
• Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting

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

 

 

Roller painting using cardboard rollers

Roller painting using cardboard rollers

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Themes: Under the ground, shapes, colours, five senses, hands, the sea and water ( use as a water background), transport ( wheels and things that move). This technique can be adapted to be used with many themes buy changing the colour of the paint or the shape of the paper. Example: Autumn leaves cut from orange, yellow and red rolled paper.

You will need:

  • Firm cardboard rollers
  • Paper
  • Paint – 2 or 3 colours and white
  • Teaspoons

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The children really enjoyed this activity especially the boys. I did the activity with the 4-6 year olds but with a small group and supervision the 3-4 year olds would manage this activity too. This is an excellent gross motor painting activity strengthening the fingers at the same time, It is important that you use firm cardboard rolls otherwise they will flatten when you roll them and disintegrate with the paint wetting the cardboard.

I found it worked best to drop blobs of paint on the paper using the teaspoons.

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Then roll the cylinders through the paint adding more as you need.  DSCN4829

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Be aware of your children who are excessive with paint as they tend to make the paper very wet with too much paint. Initially I thought it would be effective for the children to roll the cylinders in paint on flat plates but it was clumsy, so I switched to dropping blobs of paint instead. We were creating paper to cut seaweed for an under water display so I chose to use greens, blues and I added white which created a lovely effect of light and dark colours.

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Seaweed display using the painted paper

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Using the paper for pretend sea with plastic dolphins

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Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• 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
•  Use colour to create pattern

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
•  Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

Printing and painting with pot scourers

Printing and painting with pot scourers with glitter

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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.

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

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

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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

 

 

 

 

Printing and painting – with corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard painting and printing

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Themes:
Books and paper, colours, dinosaurs and fish  (do the printing over a dinosaur/ fish shape or cut it into a dinosaur/fish shape when dry), recycling and caring for the environment by using used packaging material and shapes (cut into different shapes to print with) and hands.

You will need:
• Corrugated cardboard – thin ridges are more effective. Don’t make the pieces too big. They need to fit easily onto an A4 paper. I used some packaging cardboard  used to send a parcel. I was going to discard it.
• A 4 paper
• Paint – a few colours. Thick powder paint or ready mixed works best
• Paintbrushes
• Optional: Stapler if you want to attach the cardboard to the paper at the end

Process:
I cut the cardboard into smaller sizes to fit an A4 page with ease. The children painted the ridges of the cardboard (encourage this instead of painting in the ‘valleys’ or dips of the cardboard.) Using several colours gives a good end product.
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Once most of the cardboard was painted, the children carefully lifted the cardboard and placed it paint side down onto the paper.
Using the flat of their hands, the children rubbed the back of the cardboard firmly to make a print.
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They lifted the cardboard carefully and you have lovely multi coloured painting/print.
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The children repeated the print without adding more paint and placed the next print at an angle to the original print.
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More paint can be applied to the cardboard and more prints can be taken.
Once the printing was over I stapled the cardboard painting to the end of the print.
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We had so much fun creating these prints.

The children wanted to make several! Have fun.

CAPS outcomes
Subjects, study areas, skills, content and integration
Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
Art extra’s
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales
• Informal use of art elements shape and colour in drawing and painting in response to week’s topic

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting
• Develops fine motor control using scissors to cut on bold outlined pictures and shapes etc
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. play dough

     

Printing – with potato mashers

Printing patterns with a variety of different potato mashers

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Collect a variety of different potato mashers. Avoid the mashers with metal areas where they have been joined underneath. This causes the masher to be slightly raised and does not print well. I collected most of my mashers from the charity shops, but ask your parents.

A variety of different potato mashers

A variety of different potato mashers

Prepare some paint in printing pads. I like to use colours that mix to make pleasant new colours so I chose red and orange as the colours will mix.
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Encourage the children to print carefully by dipping the masher into the paint in the printing pad and pressing the masher firmly but carefully onto the paper to make a print. Repeat until the page is filled with prints, reminding the children to dip the masher each time before they print.
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Excellent gross motor development

Excellent gross motor development

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If you place the printing pad on the opposite side of the dominant hand the child has to cross their midline to reach the printing pad.

Note the midline crossing taking place (if you place the printing pad on the opposite side of the dominant hand)

Note the midline crossing taking place (if you place the printing pad on the opposite side of the dominant hand)

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We had some interesting chatter happening at this activity “mine looks like a waffle”, “mine looks like a toasted sandwich”
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Themes: My home ( kitchen), food and vegetables, colours, hands

Notes:

  • Have sufficient mashers for the children to be able to share
  • Check the mashers that they print clearly
  • Have spare paint on hand to top up the printing pad sponges
  • Encourage the children to stand for this activity
  • Discourage the children from smearing the paint with the mashers instead of printing clear prints. The under 3’s often do this

Assessment:

  • Could the children follow instructions and make prints and not smears
  • The children exercised self – control and did not print excessively
  • The children waited their turn
  • The children were able to cross their mid line

CAPS
Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts

Create in 3D (constructing)

• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern

Cloud dust – flour and baby oil

Recipe: Cloud dust
Mix 4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil together. Double the quantity if your group is large. This amount was good for 6-8 children. The mixture is not oily.

I set this activity out in carboard box lids to contain the mixture and I added some plastic spoons. You could add some dry powder paint to the mixture.

The children really enjoyed this different sensory medium and I was surprised to see  how long they stayed at the table. The flour can be ‘moulded’ together but it breaks down easily.

    

Themes: My five sense, baker, food, space (moon dust), colours (add dry powder paint), farming – maize

Perceptual skills: Small and large muscle development, sensory

CAPS outcomes:
Subject: Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts
Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Aside

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