Did you hear the buzz? TinkerLab turns ONE tomorrow! To celebrate my one-year blogiversary (silly me –can you believe I thought I made this word up?!), I invited about twenty of my favorite bloggers to join me in a cardboard box challenge — right here — tomorrow! And wouldn’t you know that they said “yes!” I’m excited. Please accept this as my formal invitation to pop back over tomorrow to see what children do with this humble, open-ended material of corrugated goodness. Oh, and because we’ve been collecting so much cardboard, today’s post is a teaser of what’s to come.
And now, on to today’s experiment…
Maybe you’ve heard of Splat Painting? This project started out in that spirit and then, thanks to my almost 3-year-old’s creative thinking, turned into Splat Printing.
We gathered four balloons, fashioned a funnel out of cardstock, and filled the balloons with rice. N loved scooping and pouring the rice in. In hindsight, she would have been happy if we just did this all afternoon, but we didn’t stop there…
The balloons were plopped into matching piles of paint.
A couple of cardboard boxes were added to the lawn to be used as canvasses. I preferred boxes to paper because they’re sturdy and wouldn’t blow away in the wind. N smooshed the balloons around in the paint, and then…
Two colors at the same time. So efficient!
After a few splats, N ran back into the house to get something. A few minutes later she emerged with paper and scissors in order to “make prints.” Seriously!? All our printmaking activities are paying off, and I marveled at how she initiated her first solo printing project.
Revealing the prints is one of the best parts of the process.
A handful of prints, drying in the sun.
More Splat Painting Ideas
Splat Painting with Bean Bags from Let the Children Play
Catapult Snow Painting from Child Central Station
Splat Yo-Yo Painting from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
Splat Art with Spatulas and Sponges from Putti Prapancha
Splat Painting with damp paper towels from Let’s Tap into our Creative Side
5 easy steps to set up a TinkerLab at home.