Monday, March 28, 2011

Preschool Activity: Painting Squares

The other day while browsing the aisles of my local Dollar Tree, I spied one lonely sink mat sitting on the shelf. So I picked it up, put it in my cart and knew I’d figure out something to do with it---well, besides putting it in the sink! :)

I have been trying to be more intentional to include time each week to experiment with different art techniques. Since my toddler and preschooler have been working on patterns and shapes, I thought that using the sink mat as a stencil would be a fun project to try.

preschool art supplies 

checkerboard sink mat or stencil
child-friendly paints
foam rollers or foam pouncer/daubers
masking tape
watercolor paper or cardstock

preschool art: masking

Place the piece of watercolor paper onto the table. Line up the stencil and tape the edges down. Then tape (mask) every other row.

preschool art: rolling paint

Have your child pick one color and roll/paint over the surface of the grid, making sure the exposed squares are painted.

preschool art: more paint

Next tape over the row of squares that were previously painted. Remove the tape from the rows that need to be painted. Pick a coordinating color and paint.

preschool art: square art

Remove all the tape and unveil your square masterpiece! You can leave it as is, or use it as a background for another art project.

-- Use Unifix cubes or other objects to make pattern trains.

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Blogger Alicia Stucky said...

I love quick, simple projects that turn out eye-popping results. This would be great for kids like my son who have a fascination with patterns.

March 28, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a wonderful project. I am glad the sink mat found a home!

March 28, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Wonder Mom said...

Ya know, I have seen those mats at The Dollar Tree, and thought "What could I do with these?" Now I know! Thanks! :0)

March 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

What a great idea :) I will have to try this with my "wee" ones for sure!

March 28, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great fun! Love how this turned out :-)

March 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Mozer said...

LOL! Yes, why use something the way it was intended? I thought that the mat could also be used for weaving, since the holes are really big for toddlers. Might have to try that too.

March 28, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Our Homeschool Fun said...

I love this! You always have the best ideas and are so creative!

LOVE your new blog look too-it is so streamlined and cohesive!

March 28, 2011 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Krissy @ B.Inspired said...

OMGosh! I just had this same mat in my hands at the Dollar Tree last week thinking about buying it for a preschool weaving project. I put it back, though. I might have to reconsider. So creative!

March 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Mozer said...

Thanks re: the blog re-do. I've been wanting to make it look less cluttered for awhile. Finally got around to doing it! ;)

March 30, 2011 at 12:08 AM  

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