Go figure that a planned activity for Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group might go a little awry on Leap Day. We originally planned to do mirror image string prints, but they didn’t work out so well for our little artists, many of whom prefer to put their hands directly in the paint.
It was clear something else needed to be arranged. Thanks to the unusually low key atmosphere at the library and the small attendance for the group, we were able to add another activity: Group fingerpainting!
Solo paintings are always fun, but sometimes it’s neat to try something a little different. Working on a big surface with a few others can be a great way to explore early creative collaborations and encourage sharing, patience, and togetherness in children. The process can be a great way to reinforce lessons on politeness and manners, such as saying “please” when asking for something and “thank you” when receiving it.
The physicality of painting on a big surface allows for a different experience than fingerpainting on a smaller paper. Kids can use hands, wrists, even their whole arms! Just make sure to roll those sleeves up, and maybe put on a smock or old t-shirt first.
On a smaller scale, the mirror image string prints are fun and easy to produce. Simply fold a piece of paper in half, like a book. Open it up on the table. Swirl some strings in paint and place them, either haphazardly or in a desired pattern, on one side of the paper. Refold the paper so that the strings touch both sides. When you reopen the pages, carefully reopen the paper so as to retain the symmetrical design.
Big prints or small prints, this was a paint-covered Leap Day! Good thing we don’t have to wait another four years till the next Art Group!
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.