Art with Household Items Activity

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Updated on Apr 29, 2013

The next time the weather has you stuck inside, your child can enjoy experimenting with all those fun kitchen tools and gadgets to see what types of prints they make! Many of those flippers, whisks, and tongs create unique graphic prints that are also fun to make. And, the only things needed are some non-toxic tempera paints and a sheet of paper for tons of fun!

What You Need:

  • Variety of kitchen gadgets such as a whisk, potato masher, or slotted spatula
  • White construction paper
  • Paper plates
  • Tempera paint

What You Do:

  1. Help your child look through your kitchen drawers to find cooking tools that might make interesting marks and prints. Look for things with unusual shapes or textures, like slotted spoons, cookie cutters, or meat tenderizers.
  2. Invite your child to select his three favorite colors from the paint provided, then help him squeeze a small amount of paint on the paper plates.
  3. Now it’s time to get printing! Have your child select a kitchen tool to use for the first print. Help him press it into the paint, making sure it's evenly coated, and then on the paper. What type of design is left behind?
  4. Encourage him to experiment with creating patterns and designs on his paper, boosting his hand-eye coordination and budding math skills!

Display his finished kitchen surprise artwork in the kitchen for others to see!

Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.

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