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.
I started by gathering some supplies, including:
- Paint (in our no-spill paint cups)
- Scissors (to cut the yarn into pieces)
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.
Then they layered their paint-dipped yarn onto their papers.
They had fun with some of the really long pieces of yarn!
I let the kids choose to put as many or as few pieces of string on as they wanted.
Once they had put sufficient paint-coated yarn onto their papers, they folded them in half.
Then we unfolded the paper, removed the string, and admired their artwork!
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More arts and crafts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Tape resist watercolor painting
- Coffee filter art
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Upcycled crayons
- Leaf collages
- Glue monsters
- Chromatography flowers craft