Use a Popsicle® stick to spread paint and create colourful masterpieces. This fun activity featured on KinderArt.com, is suitable for adults with special needs, allowing them to practise various skills, including:
- Fine motor skills – by holding a spoon to scoop paint and dropping it on construction paper
- Gross motor skills – by using broad strokes to spread paint
- Language skills – by naming colours and listening to instructions
- Observation skills – by watching paint mix to form new colours.
Spreading paint is a creative process that is fluid and organic in nature. There are few rules to follow, offering the adult with special needs room for self-expression, without words.
- Large Popsicle® sticks
- Small bowls/containers filled with liquid paint of different colours e.g. red, blue, yellow, white and black
- Plastic spoons to scoop paint
- Waterproof tablecloth or loads of newspaper!
- Construction paper
- Translucent waxed paper/clear plastic (large enough to cover a sheet of construction paper)
- Masking tape
- Protect the table with waterproof cloth or newspaper
- Scoop paint from a bowl and drop it on a sheet of construction paper
- Place different coloured blobs of paint throughout the paper
- Cover the construction paper with waxed paper/clear plastic
- Use masking tape to adhere the waxed paper/clear plastic to the table
- Spread the paint by moving the edge of a Popsicle® stick over the waxed paper/clear plastic
- Observe how the colours are mixed or note how they contrast
- Remove and discard the waxed paper/plastic sheet
- Allow the construction paper to dry
Frame these unique art pieces and give them out as presents.
Photo credit: KinderArt.com
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