Thursday, July 23, 2009

Easy Peasy Bugs with Paint

Phew! Today I will be teaching my 9th and 10th classes this week. Everything from visual art to jewelry and fashion art to theatre... it's been a busy week!

Here's a lovely project I did with my class of 4-6 year old's this week. This is a project that can work well in a classroom, or at home with your own kids. If you are doing it with a large group though, make sure you have an adult for every 4-5 kids to help keep things under control. Mess is fun - but not if it gets out of hand!

Painted Bugs!

1. Fold paper in half either "hamburger" or "hotdog" style - student's choice - and open up.

2. Ask students to paint dots with globs of paint down the center fold, as few or as many as they wish with two guidelines...
- no dot can be bigger than a quarter
- dots must stay at least one inch from either edge of the paper

Believe me - these two guidelines will help get the best results and reign in the mess!

3. Fold the paper in half again, smooth the painted area with your hand to spread the paint.

4. Open it back up - kids go crazy when they see the results! :)

5. Add antenna, wings, etc. etc. with a black sharpie marker.

6. Finish up with some googly eyes - kids can never get enough of the googly eyes!

7. They look really neat cut out, and pasted onto black paper.

I guarantee once your child has made one of these bugs - they will want to make more! Enjoy!


Linds said...

GET OUT! WHAT A FUN IDEA FOR MY SON! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Hope to keep you inspired!

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

What a great project for my little kindergarteners! They would love this.

Cute, cute, cute!

~katie @ oodles of art