We have a large plastic table cloth, around 1 by 1.5 meters, which we have been using for a long time for just about anything. We like to work on the floor and this large white water-resistant mat has been our canvas for paint, play dough, colouring, cutting, water play and more. On this day it really was our canvas, and I also discovered that the pizza boxes I had thought perfect for painting on were just too small. This boy thinks big and needs a lot of space.
So, with one plastic sheet, paint and a few vehicles, he was off.
First he assigned two colours to each vehicle...
and then watched the paint move and mix as the buses travelled.
I gave him one rule: Stay on the mat.
There were some amazing patterns in the tracks. He just kept on going round and round and round.
With cars, colours and a clear limit he was happy to make a creative mess. I left him to it.
This is the finished picture.
A few days later we added more paint (and a few more cars!):
The next time he asked if he could stand in the paint. He had a wonderful time ‘ice skating’ across his painting.
(Pic to come)
We plan to keep adding and adding to it.
So, what was the benefit of this mess?
- Practicing lots of fine and gross motor skills
- Watching colours mix and mix again
- Observing the effect of an solid object moved through liquid
- Enjoying creating a big piece of art with his most beloved vehicles