Sponge painting is a wonderful way for young children to explore paint, they don’t need to have superior fine motor skills to succeed at making a great finished piece of art, here’s the how to:
- Gather your materials. For this art activity you will need a regular kitchen sponge, some paint, a paper plate or the like to put your paint on, paper and scissors.
- Cut the sponge into some good hand size shapes for your child. We’ve been learning about shapes so I made some , but you can cut out fish shapes, letters..the sky and your cutting ability is the limit!
- Spread some paint on a plate or tray and dip your sponge in.
- I like to mix colors as we paint, it’s fun and keep the kids interested, as well as asking them what shape or picture they are making with the sponge.
” Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a favorite, kids love to read it over and over yelling out the next line before you get the page turned! It’s a great book to read when you are learning about colors.
” What if Zebras lost their stripes” by John Reitano is a poignant look at how zebras would treat each other if some were black and some were white. Great book for teaching multicultural themes or any day!
” Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh is a fun look at colors and what happens when they are mixed!