- Gather your materials. You will need paper, paint, a plate for the paint and ribbon , yarn or string.
- Cut a short piece of ribbon for your child, the younger the child the shorter the ribbon, the longer it is the harder it is to control.
- Pour some paint on the plate .
- Dip your ribbon in the paint and then touch your ribbon to the paper. I was shocked at how my son caught on fast, of course the ribbon went into his mouth a bunch too.
- Add another color!
- Keep going until the mess becomes too much or your little one has had enough! We stopped when paint made it onto the eyebrows!
- Just a note about art activities like this- something I always try to do is allow my son to pick out his own paint colors, today he picked orange and yellow and I added in pink since he has been having a hard time recognizing pink , so this was a fun time to reinforce it!
I thought this song about pigs in the mud was fitting after such a messy art project!
Three Little Pigs
Three little pigs rolled in the mud,
Squishy , Squashy felt so good,
The farmer took one pig out,
Oink oink oink, the pig did shout!
Continue with 2, 1
No little pigs rolled in the mud,
They all looked so clean and good,
The farmer turned his back and then,
All the little pigs rolled in the mug again!
” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober is a sweet little board book and only one in a series of “Mini Masters” by the authors. This book and all in the series will introduce your child to famous art work in their own home or stroller because they travel well too!