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Tree trunk for group collage – painting with a variety of brushes

 

 

 

Tree trunk – painted with a variety of brushes

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You will need:
Long piece of corrugated or brown cardboard
Brown paint – some mixed with white to lighten it and some with a splash of black to darken it
Brushes – large and small paint brushes including cheap house painting brushes, dishwashing brushes, toothbrushes and what ever you have
Flat paint containers
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Method:
I placed the long rectangle of corrugated cardboard on the table and invited the children to all paint the cardboard using a variety of brushes and tones of brown paint. Its best to place the paint in a flat container. The children loved painting and experimenting with a variety of brushes. Once the painting was complete and dry we used the cardboard to create the tree trunk and branches of a tree. Autumn leaves were added to tree (summer if its a summer theme)

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Notes:
This is an ideal activity for the younger children as the cardboard can withstand lots of paint
If you don’t have cardboard use A4 paper and join it together to create the branches and trunk
Newspaper is not ideal as it will get soggy and holey!
The cardboard soaks up quite a bit of paint so mix enough
Sawdust and wood shavings will be very effective. Add glue to the paint if using them

Themes: Autumn, Summer, Trees and wood, Brushes

CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Working in different formats and paper sizes and brushes of different sizes to work with increased detail
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Integration: 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 – 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

 

Under and over strip paper construction

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You will need:
Base paper
Strips of coloured paper about 1.5 cm wide and in varying lengths
Glue and glue brushes
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Process
I did this activity with the 4-6 year olds. I would not present this activity to the 3 year olds. Most of them were able to get the hang of it after some guidance. The end product was pleasing. Some children chose to use one colour only while others enjoyed changing the length of the strips.

I showed the children how to fold each end of the paper strip over, paste some glue to the one  folded section and then position the strip on the base paper. DSCN6233
More glue was attached to the other end and attached to the base paper creating an arch. I suggested the children hold the paper strip with their finger for a sort while to be sure its secured.
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The children continued adding strips going over and under the strips they had already pasted to the base paper.
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Once completed you need to dry the construction flat.

CAPS outcomes
Subjects, study areas, skills, content and integration
Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts

Create in 2D
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Craft skills and techniques: cutting, pasting, tearing
• Create freely using a range of materials: paper strips
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
•  Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn leaves – cutting



Themes
: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.

Notes:
• 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.

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

Sponge pictures – painting

The children had lots of fun creating art works using thin sponge cut into geometric and other shapes.
TIP: Make sure the children use plenty of glue to secure the shapes to the paper.

Here are some of their creations. The younger children just pasted the shapes in a random way while the older children created people, fish and spaceships.

        

One child decided to use the materials in a very different way! He spent ages painting and painting some more until his page and sponge shapes were completely saturated in paint. Then he ‘squeezed’ the sponge shapes and enjoyed watching the paint drip from them. Not quite what I had in mind, but a sensory activity for him which he enjoyed. He is 3 and 1/2 years old.

 

Themes: Myself, transport, space, autumn(cut leaf shapes), fish, shapes. This activity can be applied to many other themes too.

Perceptual skills:
Planning, perseverance, small muscle development, position in space

CAPS:Outcomes
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
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
• Create freely using a range of materials: Sponge and paint
Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting