Tonight I am linking up to both The Boy and Me’s 365 and Jennie Edspire’s Messy Play for Matilda Mae linky. I just loved the photos from today so much! So here is my 365:
We’ve been outside all day today and it’s been fantastic! This is the preschooler with his finished piece of art, which leads me on to my post for the Messy Play linky.. Messy art!
We decided to paint some nature today. It was so lovely to have the morning with the preschooler as Ghostwriterdaddy did gymnastics duties with The Big One. We have been talking about farming and gardening this week and before we started we spent some time just playing, and also sweeping leaves in the garden. As we did this, we found lots of sticks and leaves we thought would be lovely to use in an art activity… and so today’s messy art session was born!
This is what we did:
- We collected interesting looking sticks, leaves and twigs and placed them in the Tuff Spot
- I lined the Tuff Spot with paper and collected some paint and paintbrushes
- We started with paitning the sticks and talking about the texture: bumpy, spiky and rough.
- We talked about the sticks being long, short, thick and thin
- We looked at the leaves and decided to paint them and use them to print onto the paper
- We talked about the different patterns each leaf made
- We used some of the sticks to make lines in the paint and the preschooler also wanted to use his toy motorbike to make tracks in the paint too
- The preschooler used his wonderful imaginative skills to create scenarios with the sticks, leaves and stones, We made little mountains for the bike to ride over and talked about why the wheels wouldn’t move properly over some of the leaves and sticks
- We rolled the sticks around the paint and talked about how the smoother sticks rolled better than the nobbly sticks
We then decided to change the texture of the paint and I collected some more supplies from inside: shaving foam and plastic party cups. We mixed shaving foam and paint in the cups and talked about the colours we made- a beautiful purple and pink, which I felt was very fitting for today. The preschooler noted that the paint was thicker and for a while we simply splodged it onto the paper. Then we spread it around the paper and used a stick to practise writing the preschooler’s name. We also used our fingers to print his name- I printed as the preschooler helped me to remember the letters in his name.
The baby joined in with the shaving foam painting too, and enjoyed exploring it with her feet! Once we’d finished we stuck our artwork onto the fence to dry, taking the opportunity to talk about how the sun would dry our work.
and don’t forget to pop over to see the other entries in the project 365 too.