01 March 2014

montessori at home: painting

This week we did lots of paint orientated activities, looking at colours, drawing and pattern making and working on exploring our creative skills. First we had a little go with painting an object in different colours, then experimenting by mixing two colours together to create new ones.


It was fun to get him to try and guess that colours it would make and to see it change before our eyes.

Next we looked at drawing letters, and I wrote out his name and asked him to try and copy the letters. He's quite good at recognising the letters in his name, but this was the first time he attempted to write them out himself, just by copying and I think he did a pretty great job!

 And lastly we tried a little bit of pattern making using different fruits and vegetables and seeing what patterns they printed on the page. We looked and talked about the different pieces, which shapes they were, the colours and the names. Then we covered them in paint and set about printing on the page.


We used a lemon, onion, celery, broccoli, tomato and a pine cone to try some different shapes and the results were pretty good! Some worked better than others and we found that the less paint the clearer the patterns were, it was good to talk about what shapes we saw. I forgot to take pictures of the finished prints but will have to update that!

Do you have any suggestions of other good things to try and make patterns?

12 comments :

  1. we love painting! the girls use their toys to make patterns... model animals, lego bricks, duplo, anything that can be wiped clean of paint {or we don't mind being more colourful!}

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    1. ooo good idea with lego bricks! Thanks!

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  2. I love what you used to hold the paint in! What a great idea and so easy to clean I assume. Your budding artist looks like he had a great time creating masterpieces. x

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    1. haha yeh I felt a little bad dirtying such a pretty plate, but yes was easy to clean!

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  3. aww, it looks like he had such a fun time! :D

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  4. Corn on the cob is great for dipping in paint and rolling the print onto paper.
    It looks like Theo managed to paint his name really well x

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    1. good idea! Will be giving that a try. I was quite proud of him!

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  5. Bubble wrap is pretty good for printing with - never in all my life would I have thought of using broccolli! Such a good idea! Theo did marvelously with his name, what a clever chap!

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    1. Bubble wrap, what a good idea! I just had a root around in the fridge and picked some random bits!

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  6. so much fun! At a group we sometimes go to they gave Wilf some trains and splattered a loads of colours over massive sheets and let him drive the trains through them all making these amazing lines with the wheels. Theo would love it! x

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  7. Wow, really bubble wrap is a good idea, kids will enjoy painting with such a different ideas and make them really happy and fun in doing so, mixing up of colors to get different colors is an interesting one.
    abstract wall art

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