August 14, 2013

Painting with Sports Balls: Art at the Daycare

Painting with Sports Balls: Art at the Daycare

Last week was Sports Week at the Child Development Center where I teach art.  I was stumped about what to do until I went to my local dollar store. There in the seasonal isle hung a package of little rubber balls: a baseball, a soccer ball, and a basketball.

Then it came to me.  We could paint with those little rubber balls.

Procedure for Painting with Balls: 

Introducing the Lesson 

I showed the three balls to the children and we discussed the sport played with each ball. Then I demonstrated how to paint with the balls.

Teaching the Lesson

  • I squirted paint into each child's container, and we talked about the two colors used: yellow and green. Then it was time to get down to business.

  • First they dropped one ball into their container.

  • Then they dropped the second ball.

  • I put the lid on, and the children shook-shook-shook their containers. They absolutely loved this part. Just look at their faces.    

  • Everyone was eager to peek inside.

  • All that was left to do was to display the paintings, and they looked nifty.

Concepts Explored:

     color recognition
     color blending
     cause and effect: shaking the bowl resulted in a painting

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