Printing with bubble mitts

I just love bubble wrap painting or printing. The texture and the designs that can be explored and created by using this material is wonderful. As part of our study on bubbles, we did a little printing with our homemade bubble mitts…

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We made our bubble mitts by folding over a rectangular length of bubble wrap and stapling the edges together – leaving an opening on one end of the mitt for a hand to fit through…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

At the table, the children found the bubble mitts, paint, paintbrushes, and paper…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

The children placed a bubble mitt over their hand, then used the other hand to paint over the mitt with any color or combination of colors they wished…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

All I had on hand was bubble wrap with large bubbles but this worked really well for the bubble mitts because the children could easily paint each bubble a different color or paint the entire bubble mitt all one color…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

Once the children painted the bubbles on their bubble mitts, they flipped the mitt over and pressed it down on paper to make a print then continued to add more paint and make more prints as desired….

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

Some of the children made a few prints and moved on to something else. Other children stayed and tried different types of painting with the bubble mitts. This child made bubble prints, then went back over with the mitts and rubbed the entire paper, then made prints again on top….

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

Every painting was uniquely designed by each child. From color choices to the way the children chose to use the bubble mitts for printing or painting…

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By the way, we made enough mitts for each child to have their own plus a few extra. After the mitts were used, they were tossed out…

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By | June 15th, 2013|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Pendulum painting in preschool

Pendulum painting is something I thought my class would enjoy going outdoors to try so we set it up during one of our last weeks of school and gave it a go…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

To set up our pendulum painting experience, we first had to find a spot that would work well. Since we were using washable tempera paint, I wasn’t concerned about getting paint on our deck or driveway because it could all be washed away. So we decided to hang the paint up from the deck that is located just outside the door of our outdoor classroom…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

Although there must be a ton of other bloggers that have blogged about pendulum painting, I didn’t have time to go back and see how they managed the process so this was an on-the-spot learning experience for me and my students. I placed several large sheets of paper on the deck for the paint to pour out on and we held the paper down with rocks so the wind wouldn’t blow it away while we painted…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

I didn’t know if I should add water to the paint or not but in the end, we did add just a touch of water to the paint to make it run through the hole in the bottom of our hanging cup a little better.  After I had the pendulum painting set up, one of my students decided he would give it a try so I showed him how to pull back on the string holding the cup filled with paint and then let go…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

It wasn’t long before more of my students wanted to give it a try so the children gathered around and took turns filling up the paint cup with paint and giving the pendulum painting a try…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

This process was truly worthwhile – messy – but worthwhile.  The children had to constantly reflect on how high to hold the cup so it would really swing across the paper, how to fill up the cup with paint and then quickly get set to swing the cup so the paint wouldn’t all drip out before they were ready, and whether it was better to push the cup or just let go of the cup as they each took a turn at the pendulum…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

This wasn’t just a painting process, this was a process that invited critical thinking, coordination, cooperation, collaboration, and lots of discussion about what might work better along the way. Talk about super cool learning going on…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

At first, I stayed very involved in the process but it wasn’t long before I didn’t need to direct the children. One little girl appointed herself as “keeper of the paint” and kept everyone filled up on paint while the other children naturally took turns and watched closely as the paint cup swooshed across the paper…

Pendulum Painting in Preschool by Teach Preschool

In the end, some of the children did get paint on their shoes and legs and hands and it is for this reason that I am so grateful to have parents that support what we do. I am not sure how I would have kept the paint from getting on shoes with the way we had this set up but being this was my first time giving it a try, I learned a great deal about the process and so did the kids…

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Oh, and as a bonus, we ended up with some pretty cool looking pendulum painted rocks too!

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By | June 13th, 2013|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Bubble painting at the easel

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles.  We had bubbles going everywhere in our outdoor classroom and one of our bubble fun activities included bubble painting at the easel…

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To set it up, add color (we used liquid watercolor) to your bubbles. Add a few bubble wands and you are ready to bubble paint…

Bubble Painting by Teach Preschool

To get us started on bubble painting, I bubble painted along with a few of my students so they would get the idea…

Bubble Painting by Teach Preschool

Sometimes, blowing bubbles can be challenging and when you are trying to aim for the paper on your easel, it can even be more challenging. We had to think about where to blow, how hard to blow, and even how fast to blow so the bubbles would come out and land on our paper…

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If we would get lucky, a bubble would land on the paper and not pop. Then we could pop it with our fingers or the bubble wand…

Bubble Painting by Teach Preschool

The more time each child took to blow bubbles, the more colorful their paper was. Some of our children really stuck with the process and came back to try it several times while others decided that trying to get lots of bubbles on the paper was a bit too slow going  – especially since we had lots of other bubble activities going on around the room…

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I know that I don’t count, but I actually really liked blowing the bubbles on the paper!

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By | May 30th, 2013|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

DIY fingerprint paint pads and bugs

I love all the different bugs, animals, people, and other designs you can make through the use of fingerprint art and recently, I found a way to make the fingerprint painting process a better experience for the children by making my own DIY fingerprint paint pads…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads

I have tried different kinds of painting pads for printing and even washable ink stamp pads for printing but trying to add just the right amount of paint to my paint pads or keeping the colors of my ink stamp pads from getting all mixed up and mucky has been a challenge…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

So I tried a new type of paint pad. I picked up a few packages of “Handy Shammy” from the Dollar Tree…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

Cut a shammy into smaller pieces then get them wet and wring out the water. Next add a small puddle of paint on top of each piece of shammy and rub it in with your finger or a paint brush. I just used my finger…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

And now you have a paint pad that absorbs the paint just a bit but keeps the paint usable for print making. If the paint on the shammy starts to get all used up, just add a little more and rub it in again. We didn’t have to add more paint but it would have been no problem to do so…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

We used our paint pads for two different projects in preparation for our Mother’s Day Tea party including making place cards for our tables…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

And for decorating our gift bags for our parent gifts. Because the paint doesn’t go onto the paper too thick, the children could go ahead and add their legs or faces or other features to their fingerprints without having to wait for the paint to dry…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

When finished, the pieces of shammy can be rinsed out and set aside to dry for use again or just tossed in the trash if you are in a place where you need a quick paint pad but don’t want to save them when you are done. And mixing the colors on the shammy paint pads can be part of the fun without having to worry about having mucky colors or ruining your expensive ink stamp pads…

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Oh, and we supplied small pieces of damp paper towels for those who preferred to wipe their fingers off between colors but not every child was all that worried about it…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

By the way, I have only tried this with the Shammy from the Dollar Tree so it may work differently depending on the kind of shammy you would buy and I haven’t tried adding paint to a dry shammy – only a wet one.

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By | May 19th, 2013|Categories: DIY, Painting|Tags: , , , , , , |11 Comments

Drip-drop nature painting in preschool

It is so exciting to see new growth coming up all around our preschool. Along with new growth came an invitation to spend our morning hunting for different colors of nature and creating our own drip-drop nature paintings…

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When the children came to preschool, they found paint swatches and empty paper plates all set up on the table and ready for questions and discussion about what these could possibly be for…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

Mrs. Courtney took the time to mix up paint colors that matched each of our paint color swatches. The paint colors looked so lovely that the children couldn’t wait to explore all of the wonderful colors but first we had to go outside and gather up items from nature…

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We took all of our paper plates out and invited the children to see if they could find items from nature that would match each color on our paper plates…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

Mrs. Courtney began by taking the children on a nature walk through our woods and while on their walk, they talked about what colors they could see all around them and began collecting some items for our collection…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

When the children returned from their nature walk through the woods, they began the process of sorting items from their nature walk on our paper plates…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

There were still many colors missing so the children continued to search for more colors of nature until we were able to find at least a few things for each color on our paper plates…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

Once we had a good collection of nature colors on our paper plates, we took the plates inside to compare the items we had collected. We compared which color had the most items and which had the least. For the color orange, we didn’t find anything at all but no worries because one of our students happened to have an orange shoe which gave us the opportunity to compare nature and non-nature for a few minutes…

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After a morning of hunting the colors of nature, we used the items we found to explore the process of drip-drop painting. The children began by selecting nature items from our paper plates to arrange on their own cardboard palette…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

Once the children had arranged the items they wanted on their cardboard palette, they began dripping spoonfuls of paint on top of the items they selected.  (The paint has glue mixed in with each color so when the paint dries, the nature items will stick to the cardboard palette or the paint)…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

The children were free to add as many items as they wished onto their paintings. Some of the children used a little bit of every color and a selection of every color of nature items we had collected while others chose just one or two items to drip paint on….

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This little guy only wanted one rock and one small flower on his cardboard palette…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

Although he chose only two items from nature, he spent the longest of everyone painting his palette until every single space on the palette had color…

Drip-Drop Nature Painting by Teach Preschool

Whether a child used lots of paint or very little and lots of nature items or very few, the results of their nature palettes were astounding which I am excited to share with you…

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By | May 5th, 2013|Categories: Painting, Science and Nature|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

Flower painting at the easel

I have shared this idea as an easel starter but my class did such an amazing job exploring this process at the easel that I just can’t help but share our latest experience with flower painting at the easel…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Currently, we have our easel set up for painting in our outdoor classroom. We are constantly putting out different materials at the easel for the children to explore but I must tell you that the number one favorite for my students this year is just having available several colors of paint and paint brushes…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

To follow my student’s lead, I have been making sure we keep different colors of paint and brushes at the easel but today, I also added a set of white paper cupcake holders and a bottle of glue. I showed the children how they can glue the paper cups to their paper so they would know to look for the paper cups if they were interested in giving this a try…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

This was a popular easel painting experience. Each of the children chose how they would like to integrate the paper cups into their painting. Some of the children wanted their paper cups to be glued completely flat on the paper while others only glued the bottoms of the paper cups to the paper and left a more 3D look…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Almost every child chose to paint inside the paper cups in one way or another. Some of the children painted over their paper cups until the cups were completely flat and some gently painted inside to keep the paper cups from going flat…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

In the end, we had all kinds of bright and beautiful easel painting results…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

As a side note: It wasn’t until this little one started painting that I realized I hadn’t set out green paint in the easel today but I did set out yellow and blue paint. This little one quickly figured out how to make her own green painted stems by mixing the two colors on the easel. I thought that was super cool and brilliant!

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By | April 23rd, 2013|Categories: Easel, Painting|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Wall art in preschool inspired by ‘Ain’t gonna paint no more’

Yesterday, I shared with you how the book Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont inspired us to paint designs on our arms.  Today, I’d like to share with you how that same book inspired our class to paint a beautiful mural…

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Ain’t Gonna Paint No More is an awesome book about a little boy’s love of painting.  He paints on the ceilings, the walls, and even on his body!  The pictures in this book are just magnificent…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

The illustrator uses bright, vivid colors that inspired our class to explore the painting process by painting a mural on our own classroom wall…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

Though our children paint on a regular basis in preschool, it is rare that they ever get to explore the process by painting something as grandiose as a mural.  Butcher paper covered a large section of the wall.  On the table, the children found many different types of brushes, rollers, scrapers, and sponges.  There were also tubes of paint so that they could choose their own colors.  After reading our story, the children quickly set about creating their collective masterpiece…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

Each child seemed to bring their own approach into creating the mural.  Some children tried all of the different tools…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

While others were interested in mixing the paint…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

Other children were not at all concerned about color mixing or tools, but rather focused their attention on covering as much of the mural as they could…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

It isn’t often that we get to paint with such large motor movements in the middle of winter.  We usually save that type of painting for our outdoor classroom, where drips and spills can be sprayed away with a garden hose.  Was this a messy experience?  Yes, it required quite a lot of clean up.  But other than perhaps adding a tarp to the floor, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Children aren’t often given the opportunity to paint like this at home.  So, when it was offered at preschool, they took full advantage…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

The children stood on chairs and stools to reach the high places that their small arms couldn’t quite reach on their own.  And when that wasn’t quite enough, we tried a different approach…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

When the children’s masterpiece was finished, we couldn’t take our eyes off of it.  It was absolutely stunning!  It brought such beauty into our classroom that continues to keep us inspired…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

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Painting designs on our arms

After reading the book Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, we were tempted to paint our whole bodies.  We settled for painting designs on our arms instead…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

Ain’t Gonna Paint No More is a wonderful picture book about a little boy who gets in trouble for painting on the walls of his house.  His mother takes away all of his paint.  He declares that he “Ain’t gonna paint no more!”  But he simply can’t resist.  Rather than painting the walls this time, he decides to paint on his body.  This fun sing-song story has vivid, colorful illustrations.  It is no stretch of the imagination to say that this book brought about an artistic frenzy in our classroom.  It all began with painting on our arms…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

The illustrations in this book are simply stunning!  We read, or rather sang, our way through the book one time.  Then we went back through the book to explore the pictures and to discover the story.  We really took our time looking at the designs the little boy painted on his arms and legs.  We noted the different types of lines.  There were straight lines, curvy lines, and zigzag lines.  There were also dots and circles…

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To begin our art activity, the children were given the opportunity to trace around their hands and up their arms…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

Once the children’s arms were traced onto their paper, they began painting their designs.  The children used small brushes, cotton swabs, and BioColor paint to create vivid designs similar to those in the book.  BioColor paint is available from Discount School Supply…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

Each child took their time, creating lines and dots.  The paintings were as unique as each child…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

This child had the wonderful idea to turn his paint brush upside down to scratch a design into the paint, creating texture and movement…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

A few of the children were so fascinated with the process that they asked if they could paint on their actual arms.  Knowing that it would wash right off, how could we say no…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

One little boy let his brother help paint his arms.  He was so proud of his painted arms that he just couldn’t wait to  show his mommy…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

I can’t wait to share  with you another wonderful art experience that was also inspired by this book…

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Painting owl babies

After reading the delightful book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, we were inspired to paint our very own owl babies…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Owl Babies is a charming story of three young owls who awake in the night to find that their mother is not in their nest.  The three owl babies comfort each other as they fret over when their mama will return.  We so loved the beautiful owls in our story that we were inspired to create our own…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Creating our owls was really quite simple.  The children used brown paint to create a tree branch (like in our book) for their baby owls to sit on…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Although the branch in our book sits horizontal, one child decided to think outside the box and created vertical branches rather than horizontal.  Brilliant!…

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To make the owls, the children loaded up their sponges with white paint and pressed the sponges onto their paper, creating a white, bubbly owl baby’s body and head…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

The fun thing about using the scrubby sponge is that the sponge creates a really unique texture.  When pressed onto the paper, the paint is bubbly, giving the owl babies a nice fluffy texture, similar to the pictures in the book…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Some of our student’s only chose to make one owl baby while others chose to make all three like in the book.  Some of the children even named their owl babies (asking us to remind them what the names of the owls were in the book)…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

When the paintings were complete, the most darling collection of owl babies were hung up on our walls to watch over our classroom at night…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

One child, who often prefers to explore our other centers over the art center, was excited to show off his owl babies to his dad…

Painting owl babies by Teach Preschool

Owl Babies is a book that inspired new interest in the painting process, we were able to take a look at the bubbles or texture in our paint and recall the names of the owls in our story…

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By | March 6th, 2013|Categories: Children's Books, Painting|Tags: , , |7 Comments

National dental health month: Let’s brush our teeth!

February is National Dental Health month and the children in our preschool class always enjoy the process of brushing their teeth…

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To celebrate our teeth, the dentist came to visit us and she shared a few good tips on how to take care of our teeth…

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We learned that it is important to brush behind our teeth and to brush all the way up to our gums so our gums stay strong and healthy.  We also learned that brushing our teeth should be done after we eat snacks and meals…

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To put our tooth brushing lesson into action, the children explored two types of tooth brushing centers. The first tooth brushing center was our egg carton teeth water play area.

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I shared about this idea last year and I am here to tell you that if you haven’t tried brushing egg carton teeth then you are missing out!

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Our students love, love, love this process and many of the children brushed and brushed until we finally ran out of time and tooth paste….

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Through the tooth brushing center the children practice squeezing the toothpaste and putting it on a toothbrush; brushing back and forth and all around the ‘teeth’ ; rinsing the toothbrush and ‘teeth’ off in the water; and a little time is spent on flossing too…

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In our second tooth brushing center the focus wasn’t on art, although it was an artful experience, but instead on different types of brushing strokes like up and down or going round in circles…

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This is commonly known as the familiar process of toothbrush painting which is a super fun process to introduce to your students.  As our students explored the process we were able to stop by and say “I can see how you are brushing up and down on your paper by looking at the strokes of paint on your paper. Are there any other ways you might move your brush if your were going to clean your teeth?”…

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The children were invited to choose colors of paint  and put the colors on a paper plate to dip their toothbrush in but it didn’t take long for the children to decide that putting the paint right on the toothbrush was more fun and it looked more like real toothpaste…

Let's brush our teeth by Teach Preschool

One little guy told me that the toothpaste he used at home has three colors and he set out to put three colors of paint on his toothbrush…

Let's brush our teeth by Teach Preschool

The tooth brushing stations gave our students fun, inviting, and hands-on opportunities to explore the process of using a toothbrush. The fine motor skills of squeezing out toothpaste, swishing a toothbrush in water, and scrubbing back and forth with a toothbrush were reinforced all throughout the morning…

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The tooth brushing centers also invited rich and meaningful opportunities to promote dental awareness and vocabulary new vocabulary. While we were at it, we took a few minutes of our day to explore all the amazing colors that toothbrushes come in. Now-a-days, toothbrushes come in some pretty cool shapes, colors, and some even have batteries!!

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Our toothbrush centers were super fun and although I must bring this post to an end, our exploration in teeth and tooth brushing did go on! Come back tomorrow to see the super fun ‘toothpaste’ science fun Mrs. Courtney had in store for us. After exploring toothpaste science, I heard one little girl say, “That was so much fun!!”

Apple Smile Snacks shared with us by one of our mommies...

PS. We also made apple smile snacks brought to us by one of our classroom mommies…

What kinds of Dental Day fun have you been having in your home or classroom?

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