This was actually a project we did last weekend. I gave Sophia some water, chalk black paper, and a paint brush. I showed her how the chalk looks much brighter when drawn on wet paper. She tried it a little bit, but it was not messy enough for her. She asked for paint. I gave her a little.
She mixed the paint and water, and made some very runny paint. I gave her a straw and showed her how to blow the paint around.
She then tried blowing on the paint brush.
Then she asked for a wipe, and started wiping the paint, and squeezing it out.
Then she asked for more water, so I gave her some in a bottle. She began mixing.
Then she put the paint brush in the bottle and shook it up.
Next, she dumped it all on the table and really got hands on!
What a mess, but what great sensory exploration!
For me, this is a perfect art activity. It was child lead, and all about exploring the materials. It doesn’t get much better than that!