Circle Painting Art Activity
Bust out the paper cups for a little at-home circle time!
- Paper cups, empty toilet paper rolls and/or empty paper towel rolls:So you'll have several different sizes of circles.
- Paper plates:One per color.
- Pour a little paint onto paper plates, one color per plate.
- Lay out a piece of paper and a bunch of different-size paper cups.
- Ask your kid to dip the rim of a paper cup into the paint and then press it onto the paper to create a circular print.
- Have him do it again and again with all the different cups and different paint until his paper looks like trippy '60s wallpaper.
- Then squeeze the cup to shape it into a triangle by pinching three corners into points.
- Hand it back to your kid and let him stamp away creating triangular patterns on his paper. Explain the difference between a triangle and a circle.
- When he's bored of his isosceles, pinch another cup into a square and have him stamp away with it, again explaining the difference between a square, circle and rectangle.
- Feeling ambitious? Try pinching the cup into a more complicated shape, like a hexagon. Or just give your kid a fresh cup and challenge him to shape the cup into a new stamp. A heart? A diamond? An amoeba?
- When he's all done, let his creations dry and challenge him again—this time to help you clean up the mess!
- Want to teach your kid even more about shapes? Try this "find the shape" activity.