This is a fun experiment to do with kids, as it provides for never-ending imaginative fun.
What You’ll Need:
Step 1 – Glob on the Paint
*Tips for Parents: Encourage your child to use a lot of paint. Use different types of strokes: curves, dots, and lines.
Step 2 – Make a Mirror Image
Unfold the paper, then fold it in half with the painted side pressing down on the blank side.
*Tips for Parents: Before folding the paper over, tell your child what you’ll be doing. Ask what he or she thinks will happen to the design from the painted side. Show your child how to put pressure on the paper and smooth it out.
Step 3 – The Reveal
Have your child unfold the paper, and see what happened!
Step 4 – Use Your Imagination
Ask your child to step back, and hold the painting up. Ask your child what he or she sees in the painting.
*Tips for Parents: Kids might need some prodding at first, so if your child doesn’t see anything, tell him or her what you see in the painting. The possibilities are endless!
Step 5 – Collage
*Tips for Parents: If your child says the painting looks like an animal or a monster, ask where he or she thinks the eyes may be. Glue them in place. Where would the hair be? Keep asking questions like this as your child glues small pieces to the painting.
Even after the finished artwork is displayed in your house, you can play the “What do you see” game.
What do you see in the painting below? A crab? Two horses dancing at the edges of the paper with two yellow birds in the center?
What about this one? A giant frog face? A smaller frog face in the center? You and your child will have fun with this game for days.
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