Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Activity Idea: Painting Without a Brush

Kindergarten QuickSource® reminds us that Fine Arts "support all areas of development and allows the child to foster creativity and imagination. By painting a picture, singing a song or participating in a dance, a child can express her thoughts and feelings. Children can explore different mediums by using various tools to create pieces of art and participate in musical activities that demonstrate beat, rhythm and music dynamics.

Here's an activity called Painting Without a Brush that will help children discover different ways to apply paint to paper. For this activity, you'll need Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint or BioColor® paint, a large piece of paper, and various painting tools.

Materials Needed:
Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint or BioColor® paint
12x18" White Sulfite Paper
Supreme Painting Kit

Let's Get Started:
1. Give each child a large piece of paper that works well with paint.

2. Place the different colors of paint in a covered area with easy access for the children.
3. Place the various painting tools on a tray. Have the children experiment, using different items to spread the paint on the paper.

Extend this activity by encouraging children to find other items within the classroom to use that will create different textures as they paint. Have them look for blocks (TEXBLOCK), cars with rolling wheels (CARS2), sponges (SPOKIT), pretend serving utensils from the dramatic play area (COOKING), etc.
If using POCET™, this activity corresponds with the devlopmental guidelines shown in CA5: Explores Drawing, Painting, and Modeling with Different Materials and Media. It also corresponds with the Creative Arts Expression Head Start domain.
For more developmentally-appropriate activities, visit Teacher QuickSource® and browse through all age areas, including Preschool, Kindergarten, Infant & Toddler, and Head Start. Don't forget to explore activities promoting environmental awareness at Environmental QuickSource®.

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