- tin trays
- washable paint
- butcher paper and plastic bags (optional)
Objective: Children will use large-motor skills to paint with their feet and observation skills to describe what they see.
To Prepare: Choose a paved surface children can paint on, or place a large sheet of butcher paper on the ground. Pour the paint into large tin trays. Place the trays on the pavement or paper.
1 Have children remove their shoes and socks and roll up their pants. Or help children tie plastic bags around their feet with string. (Note: Children walking on plastic bags may need to hold your hand to avoid slipping on the paint.)
2 Let children take turns placing their feet in a paint tray and then walking along the surface or paper. What do their footprints look like? How does the paint feel under their feet? Let children have fun hopping, sliding, and squishing around.
3 Invite children to experiment with making different kinds of prints with their feet. What kind of print do they make when they slide their feet across the surface? What happens when they take little steps? Big steps? What kind of print do they make when they hop? Tiptoe?
4 Encourage children to step in different colors of paint and then walk on the surface or paper What happens as the colors mix together? What new colors can children make?
- Cover the bottoms of the trays with only a thin layer of paint. Children may slip if the coating of paint on their feet is too thick.
- If children are going to paint on a paved surface, choose an area that is close to a source of water so you can easily wash the paint off.
Spin-Off: Add shaving cream to tin trays and add some food coloring to each tray. Invite children to mix a rainbow of colors with their hands. Then they can have fun making handprints on paper or a paved surface. (Note: Red food coloring can be difficult to wash off.)
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