Thursday, April 12, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: String Painting

I have realized that we're all about paint in this house.  What can I say - we're not afraid to make a mess in the cause of art.  Also, Crayola makes a bunch of washable paints.  Hooray!  Here's the latest installment of paint magic here.  Again, it's really simple yet lots of fun.

  • paint
  • string
  • paper
  • scissors
That really is it.  I dumped various colors of paint on a plate for C and used the scissors to cut various lengths of string.  I did the cutting since C is still young, but I am sure older kids would love to cut pieces on their own.  Independence.
 He ran the various strings through various colors.  Sometimes he smeared the string in the paint, sometimes he dipped, sometimes he used his fingers to spread just a little bit...he had fun exploring.

He put the painted string on one side of a plain sheet of paper.  Now here is where it really gets fun.  We folded the sheet in half, enclosing the painted pieces of string, and patted it down nice and firm.  When we opened it up, voila!, mirror images of the shapes.  C thought that was really cool.

Hope your kids think it is just as neat!


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