My mom taught me that you get out of a school what you put into it. When the school called for After-School Arts Instructors, I volunteered in a heartbeat. I was lucky to be assigned 7 great kiddos, grades K-2. Yes, Spork was one of them. I called my class "Paint in Motion" and it focused on creative, physical ways to create art with paint. (Or as Hubby would call it, "Truly Terrifying Situation with Children Splashing Paint Everywhere. I am partially writing this post so he has to look at the photos and shudder.) I love the uninhibited way that children create art.
Ping pong balls down the slide
Tennis ball shake up
Belly swing art
Rain painting - watercolor pencils on card stock to set outside in the rain. I was told later that the rain was too hard and the colors simply became muddy, so perhaps this is a project better done on a drizzly day.
Stop. Hammer Time.
Spoon a bit of paint on cardboard, top with a cotton round, and smack away until you have a glorious splat. Because I had a low budget for this program, I cut up a lot of Amazon Prime boxes and was really pleased with how they held up to the paint.
Dish brush and fly swatter painting - swish it and smack it! Look at that texture!
Salad Spinner Art
Not pictured because my hands were an absolute mess at the time:
We also did a mix your own puffy paint activity with shaving cream in Ziploc bags.
I took apart the salad spinners to make an animal bath and car wash so the kids could help me tidy up. Finally, I put the rest of the shaving cream on the table and let them fingerpaint/scrub it! The free play with shaving cream was definitely their favorite part.
Week 4: Embracing the beautiful mess
Shaving Cream Marbling
Week 6: Our final farewell!
Bubble Watercolors - we've done this at preschool before, but for the older kids, I bundled straws and taped them together, then cut them into small bunches so they would have clustered bubbles for their project. It reminds me of hydrangeas.
Cotton Ball Catapult
Bubble Wrap Prints