- Bouncy balls
- Large roll of paper or unwanted wrapping paper
- Non toxic, waterproof paint
- Baby wipes to clean up afterwards
- Bowls to hold the paint and balls
- Clothing that you do not mind the children getting paint on
- Bag to place the items used to paint in
|Paint covered bouncy balls in action|
|Printing with the bouncy balls|
|Bee experimenting with foot painting and saying hi to her shadow|
By the end of the activity, the children looked really mucky, but you could see that they had enjoyed the process of getting in that state!.
|Paint covered children and Bee's new preferred pose|
Painting in the park was a big success. The children were given the experience to paint on a large scale and the bonus for me, was not having to wipe away paint from my walls and floor.
- Communication and language-Talking about what they see and feel. Describing textures and what is happening.
- Physical development- Fine and large manipulative skills when throwing the bouncy ball on the paper and walking through the paint with their feet
- Personal, social and emotional- Making relationships, taking turns with the paint. Self help skills and asking others for help when the paint was getting slippy. Fun and enjoyment. Cooperation when creating a piece of art with their friend feelings and self help
- Literacy- Making marks with the paint
- Mathematics- Learning about the shapes the ball and their feet make on the paper. Developing an awareness of space and measurement when creating their masterpiece, for example, A bounced her ball low and Bee bounced her ball high.
- Understanding of the world- Developing an awareness of change of state, when the children mixed the paints together. Experimenting the effects that the paint covered ball has on the paper, when it bounces on it.
- Expressive arts and design- Mixing and experimenting with different coloured paints. Creating patterns with the paint, balls and feet
- Use larger balls.
- Roll the balls rather than bounce
- Try this activity on a smaller scale, by placing paper on a tray and then rolling marbles coated in paint around on it.