Friday, April 22, 2011

Shrinky Dink Beading and Splat Painting!

As I mentioned last week, we began our final class of the session making "Shrinky Dinks" (I was inspired by art teacher, Erin, from Laugh Paint Create). The 2s classes drew with colored Sharpies on large sheets of shrinking plastic. Then I punched a hole in the top before baking them so the kids could make them into window hangings.

For the rest of the window hanging, the children beaded a string that will be tied to the finished Srinky Dink.

The 3s/4s kids made small Shrinky Dinks the week before to make jewelry. Once they had strung half of the beads for the necklace, I showed them how to add the Shrinky Dink on as a pendant.
Then they helped each other!
After Shrinky Dinks and beading, I brought out some materials to try a super fun throwing "splat" painting. The kids first began to do their own thing, excited to use the spray bottles and paint, but soon got really into the splat painting!
First they covered some cotton balls in watery paint...
Then grabbed a soaked cotton ball from the plate...

and threw it to make a splat!
 The kids got really creative with it too!

So much Fun!


  1. I am loving that splat painting! Please, oh please, come link this up to It's Playtime this week!! So much fun!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  2. I love the splat painting, I'm going to have to give it a try! and of course I will definitely link back to you! :)

  3. Love the Splat painting. We did something similar, except the kids dropped paint balls from a step ladder:
    I'm going to have to try your version.

  4. Love, love, love, the splat painting! I've included this idea on my weekly Do Something! posting.

    Rachele @ Messy Kids

  5. This looks like so much fun! We did something similar with catapults! The children sent their cotton balls flying with those instead of throwing... Of course, some of the children eventually did throw them too! What great playful, messy fun!

  6. Hi - I linked to your wonderful splat painting in my post today: