After painting pasta yesterday, and seeing how much kids enjoyed it, I decided to do another painting session with them, this time, we have changed up our painting tools a little bit!
Today’s challenge for a sensory play was to use kitchen cupboard items and it brought lots of fun providing a new way of painting!
I have set up a painting area like shown on the picture below and waited to see which one will stumble on it first. Always fun to hear the question: “Mom, what’s that?” and “Can I play with that?”. So, paint in a muffin tin, some corks with elastics, some without and couple elastics on their own, spoon, fork, wooden thongs and some other utensils from the kitchen. Paper taped to the bottom of the rectangle shaped casserole bowl.
Kids completely ignored black utensils and went for wooden thongs. They had fun trying to pick up cork using thongs and carry it from paint to a bowl. Corks are slippery even without paint, and with paint stuck all over them, they are super tricky to grab with thongs!
Most of the painting was done with corks and thongs, pushing corks around the paper with thongs or grabbing it and transferring to a clean part of a paper.
Then there was a question: “Mom, what are we going to do with gummy?” and I showed them how to use cork and transfer gummy in a paint and back to the paper. Of course, some hand work was also needed. Plus, later they tried to pick gummy with things. Now, that was an adventure in fine motor practice!
This picture was created using all the items from the tin: corks with and without elastics and elastics by themselves. Quiet messy! Cork without gummy was the main reason why everything looks so fuzzy. So we decided to ditch corks without elastics and give it another try. “Circles”, more ovals really, are painted using gummy. Other than that, what you can see on this painting, is painted by pushing around corks with elastics.
What do you use for painting, other than brushes?
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with the different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
TOMORROW WE ARE PLAYING WITH
Looking for more fun things to do with your kids? We want to recommend you our new book – Learn with Play (150+ Activities for Year-Round Fun and Learning)! You will find inside easy to prepare activities for everyday fun as well for all seasons and holidays! Here is a preview for you:
Book is available as:
Rubber Band Fine Motor Play Using Household Items
Pasta Painting with Toddlers
Yarn Minion Sensory Bin
Sensory Bins: The What, The How, and The Why
33 Rainbow Sensory Play Ideas for Toddlers and Older Kids
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.