Green Body Painting
Green is great abundance at any St Patrick's day event so it is a natural extension. This is a simple, fun, and extraordinarily messy activity.
Lay out a floor covering - we use an old large curtain.
Put a large piece of paper on top with a tray of green paint.
Dampen some wash cloths, especially if you are concerned about paint on the floor.
Simply place your child on a piece of large paper with a tray of paint and let them explore. The paint ends up everywhere - hints the "body" part of the title - but it is so much fun. This is wonderful sensory art experience for little ones, but if your goal is also to introduce the word green, use it in your observations of their exploration. For example; "You have green paint on your tummy!" or "Wow! Your hands look green!"
Afterwards, for easiest clean up, pick your child up and place them right into your empty tub for a bath. If this is difficult given your home or situation, for infants and small toddlers, I've also found placing them in an empty laundry basket for a moment to be a safe, easy to clean spot for a paint covered baby. Two year olds are usually better about understanding the directions to wait while you hang up a painting to dry and then to put them hands on their bellies while you guide them to the bathroom.
*We painted with green paint to further explore the color that surrounded us on our walks and visits to the Conservatory and St Patrick's Day parade, however this activity can do with any color or combination of colors.
*Older children could enjoy mixing colors together.
*Paint with textured paint
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