Sensory Color Mixing
As part of our 30 Days Outside, we have used the opportunity to bring a lot of things we normally do inside to our outdoor environment. One of my favorite things to bring outside is art. I am a bit of a neat freak and although we do make messes inside, when we bring art outside I think all three of us feel more free to make our messes bigger and messier.
This Shaving Cream Color Mix is process art in its purest form. There is no product to aim for or even to retain after you are done. This is all about the sensory experience and color exploration. It is messy and fun and the perfect outside art activity.
Lay the protective covering on the floor or ground. This is optional, but aids in the clean up process and/or protection of the floor if that is a concern.
Place a mirror on the ground and surround with other materials. Provide shaving cream, small bowls or containers, and food coloring.
No invitation is needed here. When your child(ren) notices the activity, invite them to don a paint shirt or get undressed. We do most of our activities with very little clothes on. Most paint and shaving cream activities with my daughter end up being full body experiences and removing clothing makes it less stressful for me. Go with what you are comfortable with here.
Let them explore the materials. If your child needs a little encouragement, feel free to offer a suggestion such as "what happens if you spread the shaving cream on the mirror?" or model exploring a little yourself. Watch how your child interacts with the materials. Balance quiet observation and time for exploration with conversation. For younger children, use language to describe your observations. For older children, ask for their insights. "What happened when you added food coloring?"
Whenever they are done with their exploration there will be a mess. It will be colorful and sticky. It will also be very washable. Wash off hands and feet (or you know everything) with a bucket of water and dry off with a towel.
Floor or Ground Covering (optional)
Bucket of Water for clean up
Here are some more great outdoor art ideas:
This activity we did inside originally, but would be great outside as well. The sky in the mirror adds another dimension to the exploration.
CHALK + WATER
Process oriented sidewalk art at its finest.
We love feet painting. It is always messy and often turns into full body painting, but it is a fun way to explore paint in a different way.
SHOWER CURTAIN MURAL
Shower curtains are a nice large mural that can be spread out on the cement or the grass. This post was a mural project, but a simple painting or splatter painting activity also works well on this surface.
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