We are always looking for and thinking of new, fun ways to paint, so when we decided to give painting with foil a try, I thought it might be interesting to test a few other similar(ish) materials to see what the difference might be.
This allowed us to experience and discuss different patterns and textures, try out different techniques, make observations and conclusions about the experiment as well as the general fine motor development, sensory experience and creativity that comes with any painting activity.
You will need: Paint, Paper, Foil and Cellophane.
Let the Paint Off begin!
This activity was completed by a 3 year old but can be modified to suit a variety of age levels. See the "Handy Tips" at the bottom.
The invitation to start experimenting
Ummm, but how to paint with them?
Discuss the different ways that you could use the materials to paint with and experiment or decide the best or easiest way
We decided upon "scrunched"
The cellophane was really fun as it made different patterns because it wouldn't stay in a ball
The foil made a more consistent pattern and she found the silver glinting through the paint to be quite fasinating
I started imagining all the different shapes you could make by moulding the foil. Maddie was content with this same print.
She really loved painting with the paper. It was "much softer than the others" and "made cool shapes"
We observed that the shapes made were similar but could definitely see the difference and found the sensory aspect of the materials to be very different indeed
After the initial experimenting and testing of the materials, it was time for a collaborative art piece
This time all the materials had their own paint colour so we could clearly see the distinctions on the paper
The cellophane was dubbed as the worst to paint with due to it flapping around everywhere and not leaving a great pattern
The foil ended up coming 2nd in favourites. Probably because it was easy to hold and manipulate and because she liked how shiny it was
The Paper? You guessed it. It was the favourite.
I found that it started to rip and come apart after time as it got soggier, but this didn't phase Madeline.
Original Art Masterpiece. Created with scrunched paper, foil and cellophane.
-Ask questions to help connect their understanding and use vocabulary to give them words to describe what they're creating, eg. "What is it like to paint with that one?", "How are you going to hold that to get the best patterns?", "Why do you think the paper is ripping?" etc
- Listen to your child talk as they go through their experiences. This will help you determine where they are at with their learning, knowledge and understanding and help you to develop the activity (or future activities) to their level and interests.
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