- Patterned Paint Scrapers – We loved our sets of four (4) variations of paint scrapers because they were well-made, durable, and washable to be used over and over again. Each colored scraper was a different pattern, so it was easy for the children to pick and choose. Frugal Tip: Parents or teachers of small groups could make their own using cardboard and scissors (patterned or not); but for larger groups or the non handy/crafty teachers like me, these are well worth the purchase.
- Tempera paints work best for this activity (or small acrylic craft paint bottles for smaller hands)
- Water color paper is my first choice, as it is absorbent and will highlight the colors
- Card stock will also work, but create an alternate effect of much of the paint sitting and drying on the surface, adding texture
- Tip: I purchase card stock in advance when on sale at craft stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s
- Beginner– squirts paint, experiments with paint scrapers (limit number of paint colors (3 maximum) and offer only one type of scraper at first (you can offer more later if child continues interest). For younger children, use smaller bottles of paint, as they tend to love the squeezing part and end up with too much paint to use effectively.
- Intermediate– squirts paint, experiments with paint scrapers (offer more paint colors and scraper options)
- Advanced– squirts paint, experiments with variety of paint scrapers, types of paper, and many paint colors
- Fine Motor – squeezing paints, manipulating paint scrapers for different results
- Science: Color mixing (using specific colors for desired results), Absorbency of different paper materials
- Preschool Math – experimenting with patterns
Theme tie-ins Pictured (but limitless):
- Rainbows (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
- Easter, Easter Eggs (pastel shades – we used small bottles of craft acrylic so children could squeeze their own bottles, rather than mixing our Tempera primary colors)