Experimenting with Paint

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last Nanny Blog Post. Time flies.

We’ve been having a great time in the last two months. Turtle turned 4. Froggy turns 2 tomorrow. They are both super adorable and super fun to watch learn and grow.

This year, I’ve decided that instead of a letter each week, we would work in themes. That way I can incorporate organic learning for the two very distinct and different stages. We can focus on art, literature, science and math with Turtle while also working with colors, shapes and sensory learning with Froggy.

I’ve also been reminded of something I learned in a Early Childhood class I took called Creative Activities. Focus on the process, not the outcome. So many times I get caught up in a project and what I want them to take from it that has to do with what I’m teaching them that week, and I forget that it doesn’t matter what it looks like, and it doesn’t matter that it doesn’t photograph well for the blog, it only matters what they take from it and what it meant to them to create.

I’ll try to remember that more this year. And also, with that in mind, the first few weeks of the school year we spent a lot of time experimenting with paint. Different ways to use it, different things to use it on, and different things to create. It was FANTASTIC!

Egg Shell Painting

 

Fill emptied and washed egg shells with WASHABLE tempura paint.

Fill emptied and washed egg shells with WASHABLE tempura paint.

Cover the hole in the egg with tissue paper (either glued or what I did, taped) I guess it really doesn't matter how the hole is covered as long as it is.

Cover the hole in the egg with tissue paper (either glued or what I did, taped) I guess it really doesn’t matter how the hole is covered as long as it is.

Throw eggs onto canvas! So much fun!

Throw eggs onto canvas! So much fun!

Masterpiece!

Masterpiece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I laid the canvas on a already ruined sheet and laid it on the driveway because I wasn’t sure how “washable” the washable paint was. Turns out, it was pretty washable (good thing as I hadn’t taken into account the splatter our ankles would receive.) Next time I might try having the canvas standing up so we can have the paint run down for a different effect. This is definitely an outdoor project.

Was inspired for this project by the blog Growing a Jeweled Rose.

Ice Cube Painting

Fill ice tray with wash able tempura paint.

Fill ice tray with wash able tempura paint.

Freeze the paint. (I put plastic over ours and put a toothpick in each one so they wouldn't have to touch the frozen paint if they didn't want to).

Freeze the paint. (I put plastic over ours and put a toothpick in each one so they wouldn’t have to touch the frozen paint if they didn’t want to).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give them paper (we used heavy porous watercolor paper to absorb as much as the paint as we could.)

Give them paper (we used heavy porous watercolor paper to absorb as much of the paint as we could.)

Let them go crazy!

Let them go crazy!

 

 

 

 

 

This was a great end of summer, early fall project, but it’s a very fast project. The paint began to melt at a very rapid pace. It was still fun to play with, it was just less different-new and more messy-gross. But still… fun.

I was inspired for this project by Learn~Play~Imagine.

 

Painting Nature

 

We went on a nature walk and gathered:

LEAVES! That we painted with paintbrushes.

LEAVES! That we painted with paintbrushes.

ROCKS! That we squirted various paints on top of and let it ooze down onto a paper plate.

ROCKS! That we squirted various paints on top of and let it ooze down onto a paper plate.

STICKS! That we rolled on the paint filled paper plates.

STICKS! That we rolled on the paint filled paper plates.

The inspiration for this project came from memories of my childhood. My sister, our neighborhood friends and I would paint rocks and go door to door to sell them to our neighbors. They would feel obligated to buy them because before we came up with the rock idea, we made our money by picking the flowers in their yard and then trying to sell them back to them in a pretty bouquet. The rocks were much better received. 🙂

As for the inspiration for the use of all the different techniques? That was all Turtle. <3

 

2 thoughts on “Experimenting with Paint

  1. Patrise

    love that eggshell thing! imagine it on a wall or big sheet or canvas! and your photo of paint in shells is very pretty.

    now, a photo of bathtime? or did you use a hose?

    1. Tamela J Ritter Post author

      The eggs were super fun, but it took me all summer to collect the shells and the dozen and a half went so fast. I feel you’d need like 6 dozen to do a Jackson Pollack type affair, though that would be so amazingly fun!

      As for clean up: thankfully it was still summer, so we just went to the pool. 😉

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