Grab a wooden spoon and splat some paint! It’s messy, but so much fun, and summer’s perfect to put on some old clothes and head outside to make a colorful art masterpiece . . . or 2 . . . or 3!
In this post you’ll find:
- Supply list
- Step-by-step directions
- Helpful hints
- Clean-up tips
- Variations and adaptations to extend the activity, make it more challenging, or simplify it for younger children.
- Ways the activity aids children’s mental, physical, and social development
Let’s get started.
- Large paper, any color
- Tempera paints in various colors
- Wooden spoon
- Lay large paper on a firm, flat surface
- Squeeze puddles of various colors of paint around the paper
- Splat down on the puddles with the flat side of the wooden spoon
- No need to clean the spoon between colors, just keep splatting the puddles, allowing colors to mix. I did wipe the spoon off between different sheets of paper.
- Repeat the process with other sheets of paper and colors if you wish
- If it’s at all breezy, you’ll want to weigh the table cloth and papers down. This is what happened before I did that.
- The best splash effects happen if you splat up and down and don’t mush the spoon around
Clean up Hints:
- Tempera paint is washable, but if it’s your patio or deck, you may want to put a large plastic table cloth under the splatting area. Paint does fly around and may not completely rinse off wood or concrete
- Keep paper towels handy for cleanup as you paint
- A wastebasket or plastic dish tub is great for keeping trash picked up and ready to throw away
- The paint is thick and dries slowly, so find a safe place for your creations to dry
Variations and Adaptations:
- If you put a sheet of paper over the paper with the puddles before splatting, It’s less messy, but doesn’t make the splash design as well. I kept splatting and the design improved.
- If you put two or three different colors close together, you’ll get colorful mixtures.
- Do papers with just cool or warm colors plus white
- Do papers with just the primary colors—red, yellow, and blue
- Wear your bathing suit for this activity, then run through the sprinkler to cool and wash off
- Cut papers into smaller pieces for cards, posters, or keep large pieces to use to cover your books in the fall.
4 Ways the activity aids children’s mental, physical, and social development
- When children make choices in creating art, it enhances problem-solving skills.
- Art gives children opportunities to explore their interests and talents.
- Making art enhances creativity and refreshes minds and eyes.
- Creating colorful art reminds us of the beauty God has given us in the world
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Molly hopes you enjoy splatting paint. She had to stay in during the splatting, but here she is inspecting my painting.
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