November 13, 2013

Sponge Painting with Itty-Bitty Artists: Art at the Daycare


Sponge Painting with Itty-Bitty Artists

Last Monday was Art Day for the Explorers and Toddlers (ages 12 - 24 months) at Cornerstone Child Development Center, and I had the children do sponge painting.

Sponge Painting is one of the best art activities for young artists. It's fun and easy and the results are outstanding. 




Procedure:



Young children always understand an activity better when they see it demonstrated in small groups. 
  • I called the children to the table in groups of four. 
  • As I gave each child a sponge printer (a sponge clipped onto a clothespin) *, took his/her hand and we made several prints together.







  • Once they saw how sponge painting was done, the children caught on very quickly.






  • Since these paintings were to be used as feathers for a turkey, I wanted the children to print with three different colors: red, yellow, and blue. In order to do this, I had one child print with red, one with yellow, and two with blue. I kept switching the colors, until each child had used all three colors.










































  • Even before the prints had dry, the children glued on their turkey's body, eyes, beak, and red wattle which I had precut from construction paper. 




  • This is how the turkeys looked when they were finished.

























These little turkeys are  ready for Thanksgiving.









Extending the Activity:




* How to make your own sponge printers:
      1.  cut a sponge into several small pieces
      2.  attach each piece to a pinch type clothespin which serves as a handle










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