After reading on Pink and Green Mama about experimenting with homemade paint brushes, we have been exploring painting with all different sorts of tools this year. Recently we tried making our own paint brushes with pom poms, and they worked very well for us.
Originally I was planning to paint with cotton balls. Then I saw the pom poms sitting right next to them and thought they would probably hold up better as the kids were painting. We were doing a black and white painting to go along with our P is for Panda theme, so we only used two colors.
To set up the activity we pinched one-inch pom poms with clothespins. I matched the color to the paint color so the kids would have a little help remembering which pom pom went with which paint. This turned out to be a big help, and it would probably be even more helpful if we were using more colors.
First the kids explored making dots with the pom pom paint brushes.
I love that this was an activity my toddler and preschoolers could do together.
You’ll notice that Tinker has a white pom pom and black paint. That’s because I wasn’t thinking when I set up her materials, and I switched the colors. She was quick to point this out!
Each child made a couple of paintings. As they worked they experimented with using the pom pom paint brushes in different ways.
The pom poms held a lot of paint. It wasn’t too much, just enough to make very vivid lines on their papers. I am looking forward to using this technique again with different colors and larger paper.
After we finished our paintings I did a little research to see if anyone else was painting with pom poms, and I found this idea for using various size pom poms. That would be an interesting addition to the project. The kids could see the difference in the lines made by each size.
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