The City Museum that inspired this activity, is unlike any museum I have ever seen. It is a feast for the senses and truly inspiring. Foil Painting is a fun way to add extra visual and textural exploration to your painting.
Tape your foil down to a table.
Dampen some wash cloths.
Have other materials on hand.
Have your child start by exploring the foil. Our kids dove right into to touching it and banging on it. If you are doing this alone with your child, imitate their behaviors and engage them in conversation about what they are feeling and hearing.
Then provide your bambini with a tray or bowl and ask what color paint they would like. With the youngest children, I typically offer them a choice of two colors. "Do you want red or green?" and they can point to what they want and attempt to verbalize. With our two and a half year olds, I just say "What colors do you want to paint with today?"
Pour some paint into their bowl or onto their tray and let them paint away.
Move your child away from the table and wipe them off. If your child is anything like our daughter, a bath may be required.
Once they are cleaned off, send them to do another activity and quickly remove the foil from the table. In our case, this wasn't really a savable piece of art.
Rinse the bowls or trays in the sink and put all other paint covered items in the wash. Depending on the age of your child, they may be able to help with this step. As infants, I often gated off a room for painting and then found them something to do while I tidied up. Gradually between learning to walk and now, they have grown more helpful with clean up. They put their own paint shirts in the washer machine, they carry their paint bowls to the sink, etc. The sooner you encourage them to help the more responsibility they will be able to take in the process. Note: If they are going to help, you might want to wipe a little paint before they take off, but the majority of the child cleaning step will come after the materials cleaning.
Paint tray or bowl
Wash cloths for wiping messy hands
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