The Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group has made a special habit out of re-using materials in fun and creative ways. Today’s project was no exception. Looking at the abundance of toilet paper rolls in the arts and crafts area, we decided to use them for further experiments in print making. Lots of paint, lots of cardboard tubes, lots of recycled paper. The results were nothing less than excellent.
We figured there would be a lot of stamping of each end of the tube, which results in perfect little paint circles on the paper surface. If pressed down quick enough and with enough pressure, the paint can even form a bubble on the tube-end, giving the paint print a distinct mark once applied to the page. Color-mixing is especially easy this way, either by dipping the end in multiple colors, or by layering different colored circles on top of one another on the page. Either way, a great pattern is merely a matter of repetition and color choice.
Of course our artists would surprise us by using the tubes in an unexpected way. Instead of dipping each end in the paint, many kids chose to roll the entire side in the paint and then roll it on the paper, leaving a varied trace of paint that could then be mixed with the circles… or by fingers!
Honestly, color mixing just seems more fun when done by hand. The texture of paint can be irresistible to young children, so don’t be afraid to let them handle the paint even when using non-fingerpaint paints, so long as they’re non-toxic. After they’re done painting with their fingers and hands, have them try using other paint tools to see what kind of textures they can add to the page. And make sure you’ve got those long sleeves rolled up tight!
Another quick reminder on painting with kids – encourage your kids to work on a single project for as long or as little as they like. As long as they are learning something from each project, it does not really matter how long it takes them to create. Some kids require a lot of time with a single work, some only want a minute or two. It’s okay to let them be done when they think they are done. There’s always next time!
Next week: We continue the print fun with cotton ball prints. Ooh, fluffy!
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.