I see lots of ideas, from reading blog posts and perusing Pinterest, about messy play and painting. They appeal to me, as I can see that they would be fun for the children, though if truth be told, I’m not a fan of mess! Putting that aside, I decided to give painting with cotton wool balls a go last week.
To do this, you’ll need:
Washable poster paints
Cotton wool balls
It was an easy one to set up, as I just squirted paint blobs onto a couple of paper plates, which I knew I could then throw away (easy and thinking of that mess!), and grabbed a few cotton wool balls and some paper. The kids were adorned in aprons, and as usual with messy play, I’d put a bin liner over Little Man’s high-chair to protect it – I like to be thorough!
Boo got stuck in straight away, which helped as it showed Little Man what he was supposed to be doing.
She delighted in playing around with the textures, and blobbing it to create marks, before swiping it over her paper. She also spent some time mixing up the paints on the plate and dipping in each blob to create different colours. Before long, she’d also used the balls to cover her hand in paint, so that she could form a hand-print picture.
Little Man wasn’t quite so sure of it, to be honest. He liked it initially (including testing it’s texture with his tongue!) and happily squidged it on his paper. And then the cotton wool started to break up on his hands and he really wasn’t keen on that. So he then switched to using a paintbrush which he was much more comfortable with, so they both contentedly created for a while then.
And here are the finished works of art – first up, Boo’s
And Little Man’s
I’d definitely do this again, as it was easy and the kids liked it. I suspect Little Man will like it more when he’s a little older, too, but until then, I’ll have a paintbrush on standby!
Is this something you’ve tried in your house?