This time instead of tape, we tried ribbon. It leaves behind the same negative space marks, but doesn’t require any messy peeling. As a bonus, it’s a fairly intricate fine motor activity. In order to start the art, your child will have to fold onto the ribbon and keep it still while putting on the paint. Believe me when I say, it’s also a lesson in patience and self-control. It also has an amazing ability to help the artist focus. Try it out yourself, along with your child. If you have work to do or just can’t seem to concentrate, doing this will re-focus your mind (and it’s always fun to make art alongside your child!).
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Tempera or washable finger paints
· Ribbon – Use one size or vary it up and try different thicknesses.
· White or light-colored paper – I like card stock or poster board. They are thick enough to hold gobs of paint without curling, curving or getting holes.
Here’s What to Do:
1. Cut the ribbon into different sizes.
2. Make a design on the paper with the ribbon. Your child can create an abstract pattern, shapes or letters. Remind her that the parts under the ribbon will stay the same color as the paper.
3. Pour the paint into golf ball-sized pools. Use a palette, tray, plastic-ware lid or (my favorite) as sheet of wax paper.
4. Finger paint the paper. Your child will need to use her critical thinking skills to figure out how to hold the ribbon still, while painting at the same time. The more paint that she gobs on, the more the ribbon will stay in place. She should cover the ribbon too. Encourage her to mix and blend the colors together.
5. Pull the ribbon off to reveal the art underneath!
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