Art Smart

You Light Up My Table

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A plastic container with a light inside, and colored zip-lock bags resting on-top

This activity encourages children to demonstrate the use of their senses to explore and interact with the environment, and to use creativity and imagination.

Materials Needed:

  • Pan or container with a clear lid
  • Light source (string lights, flashlight, glow sticks, etc.)
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Zip top bag
  • Room with low light
  • Variety of paint tools (cotton swabs, old gift cards, combs, etc.)

Participants: This activity is intended for independent play

Directions:

  1. Put the light source in the container and secure the lid (tape it closed for safety).
  2. Pour some paint directly on the lid (or for a mess-free version, put the paint in a zip-top bag and tape the bag to the lid to hold it in place).
  3. Move the paint around using a variety of interesting tools and your fingers (your imagination is the limit!)
  4. Press a piece of paper onto the finished painting to make a mono-print!
  5. Think of a creative way to display your creation!

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