The pre-schooler loves dinosaurs. In fact, I still need to blog his dinosaur party that we had back in December. Today we decided to build on the success of Saturday’s painting session by letting the dinosaurs in on the act. What a wonderfully creative session we had!
Like we did with the train painting, we taped a long sheet of easel paper to the floor. Then we gathered as many toy dinosaurs as we could get our hands on, along with a couple of their plastic trees, and we placed them onto the floor with a few bottles of paint, paint brushes and pallets. First up, some colour mixing:
- we talked about how we used trains to mix colours and the pre-schooler remembered that blue and yellow made green (YAY!) so we decided this would be the first colour to mix.
- we talked about a dinosaur landscape and decided that we need brown paint for mud. The pre-schooler wanted to use a little bit of each colour to mix up and guess what? We made brown!
- we talked about the best tools to use for covering the dinosaur feet in paint. The pre-schooler wanted to use a brush to paint the feet so that’s the method we went with- although later he did explore dipping the feet into the pallets and into blobs on the paper too.
Once we had our colours, we decided to start stamping footprints all over the paper. This was great fun and led the pre-schooler to indulge in some imaginative play. He used different voices for the different dinosaurs and constructed short stories as he played. He made tracks with the dinosaur feet and was quite engrossed for a good thirty minutes doing this.
We also played a quick game with the dinosaurs. We squeezed some blue paint onto the paper then the pre-schooler closed his eyes while I chose a naughty dinosaur to trample through the paint. He then had to examine the different shaped feet until he found the culprit!
Finally, I drew a simple dinosaur shape onto the paper and showed the pre-schooler how to use different dinosaur feet to fill it in. He did not like this because he didn’t want a spotty dinosaur! He preferred to use a paintbrush to colour the dinosaur instead, which kept him busy for a further ten minutes.
We ended the session at the sink once more where the pre-schooler spent another twenty minutes cleaning the dinsoaurs. He loves water play and it was a lovely end to the afternoon. Another successful painting session!