Line designs can be straight, curvy, zigzagged, or wavy. Teach your child how to create lots and lots of line designs by wrapping string around wooden blocks, and using them to create line-filled prints. Your young child can press the wrapped blocks onto plates filled with various colors of tempera paints. Challenge him to fill an entire paper with lines!
Look around your house for different types of lines with your child. Lots of things are made up of lines! Check out patterns on your furniture, designs on the curtains, and the siding of your house. Encourage him to think of words to describe all the different kinds of lines you find.
Next, help him find several blocks or small boxes around the house to use for creating his piece of art.
Provide him with lengths of string to use for wrapping the blocks. Tape one end to the block and then allow him to wrap the shape—a great way to boost those fine motor skills. Once the string has been used up, tape the other end to secure it in place.
Now, place a small amount of tempera paint in paper plates. Position a paper next to your child along with the wrapped shapes.
Invite him to press the string-wrapped shapes in the tempera paint, and then stamp them onto his paper to create a line design.
Use the finished line design artwork as wrapping paper, or for decorating the front of a handmade card!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.