Washable tempera paint
Disposable paint trays
Large white paper, at least 11” x 17” (27 cm x 42 cm)
1. Cover the work surface with newspaper and secure it with masking tape.
2. Pour a small amount of tempera paint into a shallow paint tray. Prepare
several different colors of paint.
3. Help the children put on smocks.
4. Encourage children to dip their elbows into the paint and “stamp” it on a
piece of paper.
5. Experiment with a variety of colors and patterns. (This activity is for the brave
at heart! It is messy, but worth the effort. It is interesting to observe the children
as they explore varying amounts of pressure, different colors, and so on.)
More to do
Four-year-olds have a developing awareness of their bodies. The elbow can be
an interesting part of this art/science lesson on the various body parts. Play
“Simon Says” or “Twister” for active learning!