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Wet Paint

This warm-weather art project is perfect to share with friends.
 

Learning Benefits

Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Self-Expression
Fine Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Observation

What you need: 

  • white sheet 
  • tempera paint 
  • paintbrushes 
  • sponges 
  • squirt bottles 

What to do:

  1. Prepare by hanging the white sheet — your "canvas" — over a fence or on a clothesline. 
  2. Invite your child to paint the sheet with brushes, make prints with sponges, or even spray paint (mixed with extra water) from a squirt bottle. 
  3. After awhile (or once the sheet is complete), soak the sheet with a garden hose and wash off as much of the paint as possible. Your child may want to take a photograph of the mural first, as a souvenir.
  4. Encourage your child to paint the sheet again. How is painting on a wet sheet different from on a dry sheet? Does the paint look different?
  5. When finished, allow the sheet to dry. Can your child think of ways to display his work, such as making a tablecloth or cutting up the sheet into pieces to use as book covers or quilt squares?

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