Adults and some older 4’s can cut up the sponges in different shapes and sizes. Remember, the younger the child, the bigger the size sponge piece works best.
Skilly Spark: Talk with your child about how you will paint with your sponges. Have a quick chat about their different shapes and show how they can be combined to make new shapes. Look at how two triangles can become a square. A square can turned on its side and be a diamond. Talk about patterns and how shapes can be repeated. Plus, we can count our shapes, too.
Show your child how to dip a sponge piece in the paint and then apply it to the paper. Our 2 year-olds and young 3’s may enjoy the dipping even more than the painting part!
Continue dipping and applying. 4 year-olds may want to make a picture or a design using as many sponge pieces as desired. 2 year-old's and 3 year-old's creations will be more random, as they explore this new painting technique.
For more fun, try using the sponges like a big brush. Simply dip and then swipe the paint across the paper.
If the mood strikes, grab a paintbrush to add more details.
Don’t forget that your sponges can be washed with a bitf soap and water and saved future creative use.
Keep the fun going
Keep on color mixing! Use 2 more primary colors to explore how they combine.