Spreading Paint with a Popsicle Stick
Using paint, wax paper, popsicle sticks and more, students will explore different techniques for art expression.
By Lelis Kopatsaris [Lelis is an ECE teacher from Toronto, Ontario Canada]
- To explore different techniques for art expression: The child will put liquid paint with the spoon on the sheet of construction paper, then he/she will cover it with transparent wax paper and spread the paint with the cutting edge of the popsicle stick.
- To promote observational skill: The child will observe through the transparent wax paper how colors mixed when he/she spreads it with the cutting edge of the popsicle stick.
- To practice language skill: The child will follow verbal directions and will interact with his/her classmates and teacher.
What You Need:
- Sheet of nylon.
- Sheets of construction paper.
- Sheets of transparent wax paper or clear plastic.
- Six small bowls of different liquid paint colors.
- Six plastic teaspoons. ( for scooping paint from the bowls)
- Two popsicle sicks.
- Masking tape.
What You Do:
- Cover the table with nylon.
- Set up the table for two children at a time.
- Put the bowls with the paint on the table and one spoon in each bowl.
- Set up one sheet of construction paper in front of the child.
- Ask the child to take some paint from the bowl with the spoon and let it drop on the construction paper.
- Encourage the child to use different colors.
- Then tell the child to cover the art work with the wax paper and use masking tape to stick the edges of the wax paper against the table.
- Tell the child to press the cutting edge of the popsicle stick over the wax paper.
- When this is done, ask him/her to remove the wax paper and let the art work to dry. We can now throw the wax paper in the garbage.
* Note: If the liquid paint is too watery, mix it with flour and some sugar. The wax paper can be replaced with a transparent plastic bag.