Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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Painting Project for Preschoolers

Preschoolers love paint!  Paint provides an excellent chance to talk about and review colors.  Older children will notice that when they mix colors, new colors are formed.

This fun and simple project lets preschoolers create unique masterpieces that look fabulous in a frame or simply hung on the wall.  It also works well for older toddlers and younger school age children!

Giver your child a piece of black card-stock and let him choose several colors of tempera paint.  If your child is prone to mixing all the colors into a lovely shade of brown, limit his palette to two colors.  You can either let him transfer the paint from a palette to his page with a paintbrush, or you can place 4-5 drops of paint directly on his card-stock and let him paint the page.  Design and pattern are completely up to your child's genius!

Note: Tempera paint works well for this because it tends to sit on the card-stock, unlike water-colors which tend to be absorbed by the paper.  You can buy washable temperas too.