Thursday, May 17, 2012

Paint

Book Suggestions:
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Paint Job (Handy Manny Series) by Marcy Kelman
Paint by Two Can Publishing LTD
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Spot's Busy Day:  Paint with Water by Eric Hill

Activities:
Mix Paints:
Materials:  red, blue, and yellow paint, paint brushes, paper
Description:  Your toddler can practice mixing paints together to make new colors.  Help them mix red and blue paint to make purple, blue and yellow paint to make green, and red and yellow paint to make orange.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to appreciate art, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to mix colors to make new colors



Body Paint: Materials:  finger-paints, paper
Description:  Finger-paints don't have to be just for little fingers.  Encourage your toddler to paint with different parts of their body.  Their fingers, toes, elbows, knees, and heels are just a few fun ways to paint!  As your toddler paints with each different body part, talk about what part of the body they are using.  Also talk about each different color paint as they use it!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot body part recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development


Splatter Paint:
Materials:  paint, paintbrushes, paper
Description:  Your toddler will have fun painting in this untraditional way!  It is probably best to do this activity outside incase paint ends up on other places instead of your little one's paper.  Have your toddler dip their paintbrush into paint but instead of painting with the brush, teach your little one how to splatter the paint onto their paper by shaking the paintbrush.  Talk about the different colors as they use them.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity

Different Art Tools:
Materials:  cotton balls, sponges, spoons, napkins, fabric, pipe cleaners etc, paper, paint
Description:  Provide a variety of different art supplies for your toddler to paint with.  They can take turns using all of the above craft items (or other household items that you think of) to paint with.  Talk about how each different item makes the paint look different on their paper.  Encourage your toddler to tell you what colors they are using also.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development
Straw Art:
Materials:  paint, straw, paper, shoe box (optional)
Description:  Cut a piece of paper to fit into a shoe box (this will just prevent the paint from getting anywhere besides your toddler's paper).  Pour a few drops of paint onto the paper in the shoebox and give your toddler a straw.  Teach your little one how to blow through the straw to get the paint to move around.  Encourage your toddler to blow the paint all over their paper creating a pretty picture!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot creativity

Paint with balls:
Materials:  shoe box, paper, paint, balls (golf balls work best)
Description:  cut a piece of paper to fit into a shoe box.  Pour several drops of paint onto the paper in the box.  Place a ball into the box and show your toddler how to move the box all around.  The ball will roll around the box, spreading the paint all over the paper.  Continue to add drops of different color paint as your toddler keeps moving the ball around in the box.  Talk about each color as you add it to the box.
Skills Targeted:   teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development


Free Paint: Materials:  paper, paint, paintbrushes
Description:  Provide paint, paper and paintbrushes for your toddler and encourage them to paint a picture.  Give your little one some time to get creative.  When they are finished painting give your toddler prompts to tell you about their picture.  Ask our toddler to tell you about their picture.  If they give you limited information, ask them to tell you more or point to a certain part of their picture and ask them to tell you just about that part.  It is fun to see your child's imagination come to life through their art!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot creativity and to use their imagination, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development

Paint Nature:
Materials:  rocks, sticks, leaves etc, paint, paintbrushes
Description:  Take your toddler on a nature walk outside.  Talk about all the different things and colors that they see.  As your walk, have your toddler collect some items from nature that they would like to paint.  (Rock, large leave and sticks would work well).  Have your toddler use their paints and paintbrushes to decorate their items from nature.  Let them dry and use them as paper weights or decorations around your house!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to appreciate nature, teach your tot color recognition

Paint with Water: Materials:  bucket,water, paintbrush
Description:  You and your toddler can paint your house, the sidewalk, a tree, your deck etc. using water and a paintbrush.  Simply fill a bucket with water, give your toddler a paintbrush and let them have fun painting with it.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot creativity

Paint Colors: Materials:  different color paint, paper, paintbrush
Description:  Sing the song Paint Colors (found below in songs and finger plays) with your toddler.  As you sing about each different color, have your toddler find and paint with that color!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to associate colors with their names, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot listening skills

Paint P:
Materials:  paint, paintbrush, paper
Description:  Since we are learning about paint this week, take some time throughout the week to review letter P.  Discuss what sound you here at the beginning of the word paint.  Show your toddler letter P. Have them practice writing and painting letter p’s throughout the week.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot beginning sound recognition, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to write letters

Paint with shaving cream:
Materials:  shaving cream, paintbrushes, cups
Description:  This activity works best and makes less mess if you do it in the bathtub while your little one is taking a bath one day this week.   Squirt some shaving cream in a cup and give your toddler a paintbrush.  Encourage them to paint the sides and walls of the tub with the shaving cream.  This would be a great way to practice painting letter P also!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to play



Songs and Finger plays:

Paint Paint Paint:
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Paint paint paint
Paint paint paint
I love to paint
I use colors
red and blue
orange and green too.

Paint paint paint
Paint paint paint
Painting is so fun.
I paint trees,
birds and clouds
I can even paint the sun.

Paint Colors:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

I can paint with red paint
with red paint, with red paint
I can paint with red paint
R-E-D

I can paint with blue paint
with blue paint, with blue paint
I can paint with blue paint
B-L-U-E

I can paint with purple paint
with purple paint, with purple paint
I can paint with purple paint
P-U-R-P-L-E

continue this song using all the different colors!

Online Fun:

Videos:
Visit www.sesamestreet.org to view fun videos about painting and more.

Motion Painting

P is for Painting

A Boy Paints at an Easel

Snack Ideas and Recipes:

Paint with Icing:
Description:  You and your toddler can make cookies together, or simply use store bought cookies.  Provide some icing for your toddler (You could add a little milk to it to make it thinner).  Your toddler could also add food coloring to the icing if they wanted it a different color.  Encourage your toddler to paint their cookies using the icing.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to be creative

Paint with food:
Description:  Provide a variety of foods for your toddler to paint with.  Strawberries, blueberries, jelly, etc.  Give your little one a piece of paper and encourage them to use their foods to make colors on their paper.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to recognize food

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