Today A wanted to paint! Well, actually, she wants to paint every day, and would paint all day long every day if she could (and often does), but today I had an idea for something a bit different. And, as it was so hot, we took the craft table into the garden once again – yay for no mess in the house!
We are planning on going to see Finding Dory at the cinema next week and, as such, I thought we would do some sea-inspired crafts at home for a few days, especially as I am missing being by the seaside! We started today by painting some fish cut-outs; however, I did not want A to use a brush (partly inspired by a piece of work we saw in an art gallery in Pembrokeshire last week that A loved, and partly to try and encourage her to do more than just mix all of the paint together and make a brown splodge). Instead, I collected a range of household objects that could be used for printing. I wanted objects with different textures and different shapes, and objects that could be used in a variety of different ways.
I collected a toilet roll tube, an old toothbrush, some cotton buds, a sponge, some scrunched-up foil, a fork, some Duplo blocks, bubble wrap, a craft feather, some netting thing that I found at the scrap store a few weeks ago, a carrot, and a couple of potatoes that I carved shapes into (though simply using them without shapes would have been great too). This craft required no specialist items whatsoever, and virtually no preparation either. Perfect!
I laid everything out onto the table, along with a pile of fish shapes, and invited A and E to come and explore:
E wasn’t very interested and soon went back to the game he was playing (he doesn’t like getting his hands dirty!), but A became engrossed immediately. I cut a fair number of shapes (or at least D did; I love the holidays) but she still asked for more.
To begin with she simply tried to use all of the objects like a paintbrush, and coated the first few fish in a solid brownish colour. But, after a while, she began to notice the interesting shapes and textures that could be made with the different objects. She explored the ways in which each object could be used (stamping, dabbing, flicking, brushing). She reshaped some of the objects that I gave her, and experimented with different angles, sides, faces and edges.
The results were quite wonderful:
Once we had completely run out of fish, and daddy was refusing to cut any more, we turned to hand prints instead! I encouraged her to do them in green as I have further plans for all of this in the next few days and green hand prints will fit in nicely!
But first I need to tidy this lot!