Painting with strings

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I often hesitate to do painting projects with my kids because of the mess that always ensues. When we do paint, I often do it outdoors in order to facilitate clean up. So now that the weather is warming up, we’ll be getting outside more often to paint!

For this activity, I wanted to try something a bit different. Rather than painting with brushes, we ended up painting with strings! This was a new experience for my kids that produced some pretty unique and beautiful artwork.

Note: For more painting projects to do with kids, see my arts and crafts for kids page.

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

I started by gathering some supplies, including:

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

We took our supplies outdoors and then I let the kids have fun. I handed the kids some lengths of yarn, and they began dipping them into the paint.

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

Then they layered their paint-dipped yarn onto their papers.

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

They had fun with some of the really long pieces of yarn!

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

I let the kids choose to put as many or as few pieces of string on as they wanted.

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

Once they had put sufficient paint-coated yarn onto their papers, they folded them in half.

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

Then we unfolded the paper, removed the string, and admired their artwork!

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

Painting with strings - a simple and unique way for kids to create beautiful artwork #artforkids || Gift of Curiosity

Note: For more painting projects to do with kids, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page and my Arts and Crafts Pinterest board. 

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Comments

  1. says

    What a fun activity for preschoolers! I love that you painted with strings outside in the yard. It makes cleanup so much easier. :-)

  2. says

    We just did this at preschool! Lots of fun with lots of experimentation. We used pegs to hold the string to try and keep fingers paint-free but I think using the paint pots is an even better idea. Found you via 123 Homeschool 4 Me linky.

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