Cardboard Rolls Painting Ideas

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Since Christmas I have collected a number of cardboard rolls left over from wrapping paper. 
It has also been a long since my kids had a chance to get messy and play with paint so I thought that using the cardboard rolls would be a great way to mix the two together. 
Painting with Cardboard Rolls is a great opportunity to explore textures, printing and patterns with paint.  It is also provides as a sensory, creative and a self-expression experience.
 
What you will need?
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You will beed cardboard rolls, scissors, sticky tape, string, pompoms, paint trays (we used cleaned meat trays) and bubble wrap.  You will also need a large sheet of paper.  I sticky taped a large area of paper together and fastened it to the floor with masking tape.  I find masking tape so much easier to remove than ordinary sticy tape.
 
Let’s Play
Bubble Wrap and Rolling String
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some ideas:
  • Bubble Wrap: Wrap a cardboard roll with bubble wrap to create a dotty imprint when rolled into paint.
  • String: Fasten one end of a piece of string with sticky tape to one end of a cardboard roll and continue to wrap the string around until it is sparsely covered.
  • Star Shape:  With a pair of scissors snip equal widths apart on one end of a cardboard roll.  Push the cut end outwards to form a star shape.
  • Shapes:  Press, push and manipulate one end of a cardboard roll to form a heart shape and square.  Use an unshaped cardboard roll to create a circle shape.
Let’s Learn
Stars and Shapes Printing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Self-expression with paint
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Experimenting and exploring with a new paint tool
  • Sense of achievement and pride
  • Colour recognition
  • Sensory experience of exploring paint, textures and prints.
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Flower Printing

Painting activities for kids and toddlers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today I was about to put some old flowers from a vase into the bin as they were no longer looking their best.  As I was doing this I thought that it was shame that some of the flowers were not quite ready for the bin and others were wilting and brown, so I decided to use the daisies which still had a bit of life in them and create this painting play opportunity for my girls. 
 
The Flower Printing activity was so quick and easy to set up and also allows for kids of all ages to complete as it is open-ended.  It allows for different levels of ability and I have here my 7, 5 and 3 year old all enjoying this creative play opportunity.
 
What you will need?
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An invitation to play – We set up our activity table with coloured paint in a pallet and placed the daisies face down into the paint with the stem facing upwards.  The stem made a great handle to hold the daisies when printing.
 
Let’s Play
Flower Printing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This activity allows kids the freedom to explore their creativity and imagination.  Exploring the patterns the flowers transferred onto the paper, mixing coloured paint together and creating shapes and pictures with no restrictions or expectations.
There was lots of printing, swishing, dragging and twirling the daisies flowers covered in paint over the paper.
Flower Printing 4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The learning benefits of this activity:
  • Self-expression with paint
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Experimenting and exploring with a new paint tool
  • Sense of achievement and pride
  • Colour recognition
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Handprint Christmas Tree Craft

Handprint Christmas Tree Craft
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
This Handprint Christmas Tree Craft is a great activity for kids and toddlers and it is so simple to do! 
Creating a Christmas Tree using your kid’s painted handprints makes an adorable decoration for Christmas. 
 
What You will need?
Green & yellow Paint
Paint brush
A3 coloured card
Glue stick
Large sheet white paper
Handprint Christmas Tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How to make:
1. With the paint brush, apply green paint to an open hand.
2. Gently press hand onto the white paper. Repeat this until there are a sufficient number of green hand prints.
3. Wash and dry hands.
4. Apply yellow paint to the hands using a paint brush and press gently onto the paper.
5. When hand prints are dry, cut them out and position them into the shape of a tree.
6. When happy with the arrangement, glue onto the coloured card.
 
Tips & Ideas:
  • Glue on some buttons or pompoms for decorations.
  • You can also decorate your christmas tree with painted finger dots by placing your fingers into coloured paint and dots them onto the handprint christmas tree
  • There are 18 green painted hand prints and 2 yellow displayed in the photo.
  • Using the paint brush to apply the paint to the hands gives a more even coat when pressed onto the paper. There is no excess paint and less mess!
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Sponge Painting

An activity that siblings of various ages can all do together at the same time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Recently after going through some our craft supplies I came across a bag of cut up sponge pieces that we had used for a previous activity – Alphabet Sponge Bath.
I don’t like to waste anything so I thought I would set up an invitation to play with paint and these cut up sponge pieces for my girls to play freely and in an unstructured way.
It is always interesting to see the difference each child thinks creatively as they explore the paint and sponge pieces.
 
Let’s Play
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The activity started off with using the sponges first; Miss 2 using the cut up pieces with strokes like a paint brush and Miss 4 pressing firmly on the sponges to soak up and squeeze out as much paint in the sponge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As the activity developed the temptation to put their hands in the paint was too great and slowly the sponges were not used at all – just hands and fingers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss 6 was more focused on creating pictures with the materials provided; she used a combination of sponge pieces and finger painting.  She organised the shapes the sponges were randomly cut into to create a painted picture.  For example she used the rectangle shape sponge cut off to create the main part of a wind mill and then used her fingers for the remaining parts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss 4 was all hands and fingers in by the end of the activity; here she is practicing writing her name in the paint that she applied with her hands.
 
The learning benefits of this activity:
  • Self-expression with paint
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Experimenting and exploring with a new paint tool
  • Sense of achievement and pride
  • Colour recognition
  • Sensory experience of exploring paint and paint filled sponges.
Tips:
To help with clean up and reduce the mess, have a cloth handy for kids to wipe their hands on as needed.  Cover areas with a plastic table cloth or newspaper and have children wear a painting smock.
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How to Make Puffy Paint?

How to make puffy paint?
There is something magical about Puffy Paint and it is a must try for any child or toddler to paint and play with. 
It is super easy to make with all the ingredients you need right in your pantry and after your child has finished painting, place it in the microwave for the magic to happen…….It is SO much FUN!!
 
What you will need?
 
You will need self-raising flour, salt, food colourings, paint brushes, paint tray, measuring spoons, water and cut up pieces of cardboard.
There are a number of recipes out there for puffy paint but I had a bit of an idea of what was included and had a play around with the main ingredients until I found the right consistency and quantity for our paint pots.  Here is the recipe that I found to work well.
 
Recipe for Puffy Paint
1 Tablespoon Self Raising Flour
1 Table Spoon Salt
3 Teaspoons Water
Food Colouring
 
Continually mix the ingredients with a paint brush until all ingredients have combined well into a paste.
 
We used thick cardboard that I cut up from an empty nappy box and also cut the cardboard into smaller sizes to fit into the microwave.  My girls’ just painted one picture after the other until all the puffy paint and cardboard was gone!  I would recommend that the paint be painted on thick so when they are cooked they are extra puffy!
 
When the paintings were all finished we placed a microwavable bowl in the centre of the microwave and put 1 painting at a time on top of the bowl.  Different microwaves will require different times; this is something you will have to trial to see how long you need to cook the puffy paint to make it puff.
Our microwave roughly took 25 seconds to puff the paint but I did stop at intervals to check that I was not overcooking the puffy paint.  The puffy paintings should come out warm not hot, so keep an eye on the time to avoid over cooking.
 
The learning benefits of this activity:
  • Encourages creativity and self-expression with paint
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Experimenting and exploring with a new paint tool
  • Sense of achievement and pride
  • Colour recognition
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