Warm Spring weather and we can finally get into the garden to do some big painting. You may find that painting on a small scale can be frustrating for young children (especially boys), but big painting is almost universally popular. It does get VERY messy, but is great fun.
This is a two- stage version and was a bit of an experiment. We used watered-down poster paint (watery powder-paint would also work) in plant spray bottles and started off by hanging the paper up on the washing line and spraying onto the paper. This created a nice dripping effect but wasn't so good for spraying the stencils. The next day we put it on the ground and finished off the stencils. It eventually turned into feet painting, so the final product didn't survive but it was great while it lasted!
NB: Rules about only spraying on the paper obviously need to be set before you start...
You will need:
- A roll of paper (wallpaper would be ideal)
- Poster paint
- Plant-spray bottles
- Newspaper/plastic sheet
- Card for stencils
- Masking tape
- Mix poster paint with water in a plant-spray bottle so that the mixture will spray easily through the squirter.
- If you are using one, hang up the paper on a washing line.
- Put newspaper or plastic sheeting underneath the paper.
- Cut put simple shapes from card and discard the middle, leaving a stencil. Save them for when you lay the paper on the ground. Tape these to the paper.
- Show your child how to spray the paint on the paper (emphasising that the paint must only go on the paper...).
- Get them to experiment with spraying at different heights and watching the paint drip down.
- Let them have fun spraying different colours and experimenting with colour-mixing.
- Leave the painting to dry.
- The next day, lay the painting on the ground and stick the stencils onto places where you have some gaps.
- Have lots of fun spray-painting the stencils.
- Leave to dry.
- Peel off the stencils and discuss how the shapes appear when you take away the card.
Or you could...
- Use sponges to make the stencils instead of sprays.
- Get your child to do the paint mixing in the bottles and see if they can mix up purple, green and orange (older children).
- Go back to the painting again and stick pieces of shiny paper and glitter to make a vibrant mural.