Comb Painting

Jul 16, 2012

painting activity, kids activity, activity for kids

Materials: Comb/s, paint, paper
Ages: 2-6+

 I provided lines of different coloured paint on a plastic lid and let Maddie (3.5) loose on it

The stripes of the paint alone were so beautiful and we both marvelled at them and talked about them

We were a little disappointed that the same colours didn't translate onto the paper in the same way.
Seeing the pop of bright colours within the murky green was great though.

Never one to stick to provided materials, Maddie just had to try a multi-coloured handprint.

After smoothing the thick paint over the paper with her hand, using the comb over the top looked great!

Especially where she'd been painting earlier. The colours coming through from underneath really popped. Here it was all about lines.

She then realised she could use the comb to write with.

Swirls were the best, she declared.

Handy Hints:

- Simplify this activity by providing the set out invitation to explore and just let your child get creative.

- Extend this activity by focusing on the technique of painting with a comb and talk about the expectations before starting. Use this activity to help learn more about colour mixing, texture, patterns, letters, numbers etc.

- Mix it up by providing various different combs with teeth of different widths and lengths to compare the differences between the achieved styles

- Challenge your child to find as many different prints or strokes that they can make using the same comb

- Talk with your child about what they are experiencing and use new and descriptive language to help with their language development. eg. "See how the paint is raised here and flatter there? The comb is giving the paint a different texture"

- Ask your child questions to lead them to new findings or to help them clarify their own understanding. eg "Why do you think the paint is mainly a dark green colour now?" "That's interesting, I wonder why this paint sits on top like this and can be scraped away to show the paint underneath?"

- Remember that children need to create and explore, they don't need it to be a specific item at the end. Allow this and don't push them to think they must make something "real." Certainly with an activity such as this, the process is more important then the outcome.

Looking for more ways to paint?

Have a look at these fun ideas:

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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  1. OooOOOoooo....coooool! I love how thick you did the paint! The colors are great! We will def have to do this with our preschoolers. Is that just normal tempra paint or is it some type of gel paint? awesome :-)

    1. We just used a cheap non-toxic acrylic paint :) (I think it was Clag brand) :)

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  2. Debs this looks like so much fun! I think my boys would love it. They are 4.5 and 6, so I really appreciate you providing ideas for various ages! I'm fixing to check out your other painting ideas!

  3. Very cool! I can't wait to try that with my daughter! I'm stopping by from the Blog Hop and am now a new follower:) Would love for you to stop by Crazy Mama Drama!

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  4. Oh the colors and lines in the paint were beautiful. And I loved the paintings with the old pops of color coming through. This really looks like a fun activity. And I have to say.. your pictures are beautiful!

  5. It turned out lovely!!! I especially love how it turned out when she painted it the 2nd time!

  6. What a great idea, it gives such a good effect.

  7. Love this idea! My 4 year old will LOVE this
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  8. Looks like a fun and colorful experience!

  9. What a fun idea. We are going to have to try this! Thanks for the inspiration.

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