This activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6 is sure to provide some sensory fun for young children using easy-to-find materials! Children will reap multi-disciplinary benefits from this activity from creatively using their senses and learning about primary and secondary colors to gaining vocabulary and pre-literacy skills, math skills, and more.
- 6" (15 cm) plastic, disposable plates or small Styrofoam trays, one per child
- Aluminum foil
- Fingerpaint or tempera paint
- Plastic wrap
What To Do
- Cover each plate with aluminum foil.
- Spoon about 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of paint onto the middle of the plate.
- Cover the plate with plastic wrap following the contour of the plate. Do not wrap tightly.
- Secure the plastic wrap on the back of the plate with tape.
- Invite the children to mix the paint and create designs or pictures using their fingers.
More to Do
- Language: Reinforce vocabulary relating to the senses like cold, hot, slippery, rough, coarse, smooth, loud, sweet, sour.
- More art: Blend primary colors to create secondary colors. Practice drawing letters or numbers.
- Outdoors: Sit outside on a fair day with your eyes closed and listen carefully for sounds.
- Science: Put other materials in tightly secured sandwich bags and invite the children to squeeze the bags and compare their texture.