This is a fun art experience that goes great with a study of Pond Animals.
This art experience introduces a new idea of using potatoes for stamping. Preschoolers will explore implied, or visual, texture as they use different tools to create their art.
Here is a suggested material list, get creative with any substitute materials you can think of:
Your preschooler starts by squirting paint into the center of their plate.
Allowing them to control this part supports them in learning how much is enough.
We only had one shade of blue to work with, you could add other shades of blue or mix in black/white to make different shades.
Encourage your preschooler to cover the entire plate.
If possible allow them to use their fingers. This is a good tactile experience and will create a unique look.
They may simply want to use a brush. Be sure you have good quality brushes in a variety of thicknesses for them to explore.
This is my favorite part, add in some viisual texture!
Using scrapers and rollers is a fun way to add a unique look when painting. This preschooler added a little black before scraping.
These palm rollers are fun to use and add a unique look.
There are many other objects that can be used if you don't have these type of paint tools.
Next time you are at your local dollar store look around for things that can be used for painting.
Allow the plate to dry as you prepare for the next step.
We kept this simple!
I cut a potato in half, then cut a notch out of the potato so it resembled a lily pad.
Then I added a small container of green paint.
Your preschooler will paint a thin layer of green (or another color if they choose) paint onto the potato.
**Alternate procedure: Wet a sponge and wring it out so it's only slightly damp. Then use a paint brush to spread some paint on the sponge and use it as a stamp pad.
Stamp the potato onto the plate to create the lily pad.
Repeat as many times as they would like.
Add Some Color
For another element, add some little flowers using tissue paper.
We used the little tissue paper squares, they are perfect for crafts.
Your preschooler will scrunch them up, add a dab of glue to their project, and then place their flower.
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