Splatter Painting

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Toddler

Child standing using a rubber hammer the bang on a cotton round

As nature rejuvenates, our toddlers have been exploring all of the changes happening on our playground. Over the past couple of weeks, the children have expressed an interest towards the early signs of spring: bringing us pinecones, playing with the grass poking out of the soil, exploring the trees for ladybugs, and tracing the branches with their new buds. With all of this in mind, we wanted to welcome spring and all of its colours with some splatter painting.

To begin, we gave each of the children a large piece of paper, and added a dollop of different coloured paint to each one. We then covered each dollop of paint with a cotton round. Next came the fun part. The children were each given a mallet and using both their hand-eye coordination and dexterity they lifted the mallet and hammered each of the cotton rounds. We watched in amazement as the paint splattered out from under the cotton rounds and across the paper in all different directions.

This activity quickly turned into a sensory experience, as the toddlers began to express themselves creatively through finger painting. Using their fine motor skills, the children mixed the paint together with their fingers, nurturing their colour recognition and critical thinking skills as we discussed the new colours that emerged. Colour mixing is also a great way to teach children about cause and effect, as they explore how the paint changes when they mix two colours together.

We cannot wait to continue decorating our classroom with colour as spring turns into summer!

child using a rubber hammer to hammer cotton rounds on a white paper, the blue paint splatters out as she is hammering

 Child smiles as he uses a rubber hammer to hammer a cotton round as yellow paint spatters out the sides