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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

 

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Roller bubble print painting

Painting with rollers wrapped in bubble wrap

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Themes/topics: My home (kitchen) and the baker
You will need:

  • Rolling pins or hard cardboard inners from foil etc ( not toilet rolls – they are too soft)
  • Paint in flat containers such as ice cream lids – two colours that will blend well together
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape – cello tape  is the most effective
  • Paper

Prepare the rolling pins by taping the bubble wrap to the rolling pins securely, wrap them over the pins and secure again.
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Place the paint in a flat container. I put the paint out in cups with paint brushes and the children ended up ‘painting ‘ with the brushes on the paper instead of having lovely bubble prints. So rather use flat containers that the children can roll their bubble rollers in. Or be sure they understand that the brushes are for applying the paint to the rollers and they are not for painting with.

The children paint the rollers using two colours and roll them over the paper. More paint can be added and the process repeated.

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Notes:
Remind the children not to use the paint brushes to paint over the bubble painting
Be sure the paint colours you choose blend to make nice new colours
Remind the children not to pick off the tape which secures the bubble wrap
Use the printed paper for a background such as pasting cut out magazine pictures

Assessment:

  • Has the learner followed instructions
  • Has the learner enjoyed the activity
  • Has the learner used the materials with restraint
  • Could the learner share materials
  • Could the learner use the roller with coordination
  • Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts 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
  • Create in 3D (constructing)
    • Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.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

 

 

Sea and beach theme/topic ideas

Collage an underwater fish scene with a wave background
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Themes: Sea, sea and beach, fish, water, water animals, shapes

Background waves
Create the background first. Cut some wave combs from plastic milk bottles ( cut them open and use the plastic). Using thick blue paint – ready mixed, powder or finger paint are all effective but adding some glue to thicken powder paints and help adhere the fish is necessary. The children spread the paint over a large sheet of paper using a thick brush or their hands. Once the page is covered they use the combs and drag  them through the paint creating wave patterns. The children continue until they are happy with their background.
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Then add the fish. NOTE: If you want to draw patterns on the fish it is best done before the fish are pasted to the background.

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I cut a variety of oval and triangle shaped pieces of coloured paper or lightweight cardboard. The children create fish from oval and triangle paper shapes which the children select and arrange on the wet wave background. As you can see from the many different end products some children added one fish, while others filled their page with fish. Since this activity was done with a mixed age range of children (31/2 to 5 year old) some of the fish were not as well constructed as they could be, but this shows you how the activity can work with the different age ranges. Note that I have not corrected the fish as this is a valuable assessment tool.

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3 1/2 year old. These two pictures have been done by the same child. She was a lot more controlled in her first picture

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Some children lack self-control and are excessive

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5 year old

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4 year old

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5 year old

Notes

  • When I work solely with the younger children I cut the fish shapes with the tail as one shape. For Grade R children they can be encouraged to cut their own fish shapes and decorate them with writing patterns before they paste them to the wave background.
  • If you are using finger paint have a bucket of water and a towel close by
  • If you are working with a younger age group do not place scissors on the table. All your shapes will be cut into little pieces
  • The activity can be extended for the older learner by adding a sand base and crinkle paper seaweed
  • Dry the art works on a flat surface

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.

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

Bubble wrap painting


Themes:Colours, Hands, Senses, Caring for our world

So often you receive parcels wrapped in large sheets of bubble wrap. I have a ‘well trained’ family and they all collect waste for me to use at preschool. So when my daughter gave me two large sheets of bubble wrap I thought I would put them out and allow the children to enjoy popping all the bubbles. This is a great fine motor activity and kept several children happy for some time.

 
I used the second piece and secured it to cover a small table. I set out paints for the children to enjoy painting over the bubbles which was a different sensory surface. Soon the colours mixed and they created new colours.

All was going well until I had too many children wanting to paint.
So I covered a second table with the other piece of bubble wrap and thats when “it got a bit out of hand” but it was a fantastic messy sensory hand painting activity. I poured some paint onto the bubble wrap (that’s when they abandoned the paint brushes) and spread the paint liberally until they had completely covered the bubble wrap in paint. They developed the large muscles as they used big sweeping hand and arm movement to spread the paint over the bubbly textured surface.

In the process of cleaning up I did have several younger children decide to hand print a few surfaces enroute to the bathroom!
Notes:
Best done outside
• Roll up sleeves before you start
• Have a bucket of water and a towel close by so they don’t have to go indoors to wash
• Take a deep breath and let the children enjoy making a mess.
• I would dry the bubble wrap and use it for a backdrop to some autumn leaves. • Use green and blue paint and cut out a big round earth for the theme caring for our environment and recycling

CAPS Outcomes
Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Subject: Home language Skills:
Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. painting
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. popping bubbles on bubble wrap

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

Salt drip paint recipe 3 parts flour (3 cups) 1 part salt (1 cup) Food colouring or mixed paint ) Water Method Mix together the flour and salt. Add the food colouring and enough water to make a dripping consistency … Continue reading