Saturday, 23 July 2011

Feet and hand painting

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Not for the faint-hearted. This really was all for the fun of it, so not much to show as a product. Be prepared to leave lots of time to clear up. Priceless and unadulterated summer fun...

You will need:
  • Wallpaper or a long roll of paper
  • Poster paint
  • Paper plates
  • Implements for printing etc (if desired)


Preparation:
  • Lay out the roll of paper on the ground. Although possible, I would NOT recommend this is done inside. Be prepared for your grass to change colour.
  • Remove or cover up any items of clothing from your child and yourself that you don't want to get covered in paint. Be realistic...
  • Get wipes/kitchen roll/a bucket of water ready.

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Activity:

  • Get your child to squeeze the different coloured paint onto separate plates.
  • Encourage them to step into the colours and then walk/run across the paper and back again.
  • Let the children try different colours, parts of the body and ways of using their body to paint. It is great fun for them to be doing this on such a big scale.
  • Look together at the prints they have made with their feet and hands. Usually, the third or fourth is the best print. See if they can see the different parts of the foot and hand and compare with the real thing.
  • Get put printing implements such as sponges and rollers to add to the fun.
  • "Spray paint" the picture with watered down paint put into plant sprayers (see 'spray painting' post).
  • Put child in the bath...
  • Clear up.

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Or you could:
  • Use all sorts of media to add to the picture. It is really nice to come back to these big paintings and stick things to them, continue painting, cut down to size to create smaller paintings to hang up.

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