Swinging Paints Activity

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Updated on Apr 15, 2013

Finger-painting is a lot of fun, but if you're looking for a painting activity that's a little different, try Swinging Paints! Just have your child tie lots of paintbrushes and paint colors onto a string, let them go, and watch as they create beautifully chaotic designs on a blank canvas. Look for pictures and patterns that appear in the painting as the brushes swing and sway. This is a great activity for any preschooler and will help her experiment with a beloved medium in an entirely new way.

What You Need:

  • Masking tape
  • Large paper
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
  • String
  • Tempera paint, in a variety of colors in trays or cans
  • Newsprint or plastic for lining the floor

What You Do:

  1. Because the brushes are a bit hard to control with drips and so forth, tape a large sheet of paper or plastic to the floor before starting.
  2. Tie strings to the handles of a variety of paintbrushes.
  3. Dip the paintbrushes into the paint.
  4. While standing over the paper, hold the string and let the paintbrush hang down and touch the paper. Swing the paintbrush making designs as the brush dangles, swings, and brushes against the paper.
  5. Refill brushes with paint as needed.

For variation, feel free to hang other objects from strings such as a cotton swab, pencil, nuts, bolts or eraser. Dip these items in the paint and make unique and different designs on the paper with them.

Adapted with permission from "Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product." Copyright 1994 by MaryAnn F. Kohl. Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.

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