Paint-sicles!

From birth, our children are natural scientists, mathematicians and artists.  This is because they are constantly making efforts to understand (and express their understanding of) their world.  When we provide an enriching and supportive environment for our babies, they intuitively use that opportunity to absorb everything they possibly can.  Today’s activity is an example of an easy-to-implement, hands-on project that will engage your baby in a fun and creative way and that will help develop your baby’s sense of joy and wonder….and as a result…probably yours too!

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: African Animals

Activity DescriptionIce Cube Painting (Sensory): Make ‘paint cubes’ and use them to paint a picture of lions and/or make an independent piece of artwork.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative

Specific Skill: Exploring different art mediums

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 22 months + 2 weeks

1. Preparation:

Put a small amount of paint* in each cube

Put a small amount of paint* in each cube

Add water to each cube

Add water to each cube

Mix water and paint*

Mix water and paint*

Add handles and put in the freezer

Add handles  (I used Q-tips) & put in the freezer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taa Daa! Frozen paint cubes!

Taa Daa! Frozen paint cubes!

*To make ‘paint’ you can use juice crystals, food colouring (which are both edible) or actual tempera paint (which is what I used)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. To warm up, we reviewed the vocabulary by playing with our African animal figurines and we sang a song included in the activity plan.

3.Since we are learning about lions today, I provided them with a lion colouring page (which is a template included in the Reaching Roses activity plan) and let them paint it!

Eager little hands!

Eager little hands!

M starts painting

M starts painting

Getting the hang of it!

Getting the hang of it!

Great job O!

Great job O!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
4. Now it’s time to let them create some original pieces of artwork!

"Circle' said M as she draws circles!

“Circle’ says M as she draws circles!

M's masterpiece

M’s masterpiece

Having fun!

Having fun!

O could NOT get enough of this activity

O could NOT get enough of this activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW!  They spent a considerable amount of time creating with these frozen paint cubes.  I knew they would like it but was surprised by the level of enthusiasm and excitement.  We will definitely do this again!!

 

Want to check out some more sensory ideas?

(15-18 mths) Click here! (18 -24 mths)Click here!

 

This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!

 

 

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