Little Learners: Art

Little Learners is a club for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. We explore music, art, and science hands-on with books and stories.

Cover image for Elephants can paint, too!Book: Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold
I didn't read every page, but just talked about how you don't have to have a brush, or even fingers to paint. I showed them some of the pages of the elephants painting, and told them we were going to explore ways to paint without any brushes. After we shared the story, I explained what the different activities were, and the kids worked their way through the stations at their own pace. Several returned to the "No Brushes Allowed" station more than once. Blow painting was the least successful.

Station 1: Finger painting on aluminum foil
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paint with dishwashing liquid mixed in

    Station 2: Circle Painting*
    • Cups, jars, anything that can make a circle print
    • Paint
    • Paper

    Station 3: "No Brushes Allowed"
    • Assorted non-brushes (Dollar Tree is your friend!)
    • Paper (on a roll)
    • Paint

    Station 4: Blow Painting*
    • Fingerpaint paper
    • Paint mixed with water (milk consistency)
    • Straws
    *Take home projects



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