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String Painting


String Painting

[20 Minutes]

Help your child dip, dunk, and drag to experience a new way of creating colorful paintings!

You'll need:

• paint • tray or pie tin • string • clothespin • paper

What to do:

  1. Start by helping your child to pour paint into a tray or pie tin.
  2. Show her how to attach a string to a clothespin for easier handling and to keep her fingers cleaner.
  3. Invite your child to drag the string through the paint. She could also use yarn or ribbon.
  4. Encourage her to continue to drag the wet string across paper to make interesting shapes.

How to use:

Give your child plenty of time to experiment with dunking her piece of string (into paint) and moving it on the paper. Use words such as "back and forth" and "round and round" to describe the movements she makes. Expand the activity by using two strings with two primary colors. Talk about the colors together and how they make another color. (This will show up best on white paper)

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • How did the clothespin help you paint?
  • What colors did you use?
  • Do your lines look like snakes? A spider web?
  • How else can you describe the lines?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, your child is developing eye/hand coordination and creativity.

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