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Monday, June 28, 2010

Star Sponge Painting


I got the basics for this idea out of The Toddler's Busy Book. It is quite simple.

AGE RANGE
I would say a child 12 months or older can participate in this activity. The 12-15 month old will need A WHOLE LOT of help, the 15-18 month old will need A LOT of help, and the 18 months and older will just need help. Assuming you have your patient hat on. Your "it is okay to get messy" hat on (some of you know just what I mean). But the book is written for 18 months and up.

SUPPLIES
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Sponge
  • Knife
  • Paper plate
PREP
  1. Cut the sponge into a star shape. If you aren't comfortable freehand-cutting a star shape (which would be me), try using a cookie cutter or a star shape out of paper and tracing it on the sponge with a marker. Then cut it out.
  2. Get painting surface ready. At my house this means a tablecloth on the table.
  3. Pour paint onto a paper plate.
ACTIVITY
Have your child dip the sponge in the paint and then press it onto the paper. Let dry and hang to decorate!

These photos are from last year. We did them the same week we learned about stars. Kaitlyn was 2 and Brayden was 4.


2 comments:

Montessori For Learning said...

This is a great activity.. especially for this week... we will be able to do it as part of our 4th of July celebration.

Montessori For Learning said...

This is a great activity.. especially for this week... we will be able to do it as part of our 4th of July celebration.

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