Library cards get you access to lots of fun things, but did you know you could PAINT with them?
Art Project: Scrape Paintings (in black and white)
library cards (or other plastic cards--gift cards, those fake credit cards that come in junk mail...)
paper plates (to hold the paint)
Black meets white / Fontes, Justine
We changed our library's logo awhile back and still have scads of library cards with the old logo that we aren't going to use anymore. I asked if I could use them for Toddler Art Class and got plenty!
What Kids Do:
scrape with a flat edge
Hindsight Tip: There were a few kids who really hated getting paint on their hands and some who also hated using the library card as a paintbrush. Consider having another alternative brush on hand (q-tips? sponges? paintbrushes?).
Variations to try:Depending on what season you do this in, the feel of the paintings would change drastically with different color choices. I really liked seeing what the kids would do with the black and white paint and was surprised that there wasn't MORE of the gray in the "finished" products. For just a slight variation, you could give kids two sheets of paper (one white, one black) so they can experiment with how those paints look different on different papers.
Adult Challenge: Observe your child's demeanor. Are they excited? Engaged? Frustrated? Respond to their emotion instead of to the painting that they're creating!