Isn't it funny how you always forget just how much fun little ones get out of creating art from the contents of your recycling box. These pieces of cardboard were some leftover packaging from a parcel we'd received and when Little Chick saw them she was keen to get painting!
Painting 3-D objects can be a great way for little ones to express their creativity. Sometimes giving a different thing to paint, a cardboard box, rocks, an egg box for example, rather than a sheet of paper, can really spark their imagination. This is a great messy activity for toddlers with all sizes and shapes of cardboard boxes. And it's also good for those that find it hard to create art on a blank sheet of paper.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the process, suffice to say the girls were very engrossed for ages and I was being constantly asked for new colours and asked to 'ooh' and 'ahh' as the art progressed and trying to prevent the paint pots from falling on the floor as Shoeshine repositioned her box for the next bit of painting and generally trying to contain the mess - so no time for pictures!
This is Little Chick's art (above), as you can see she's really into letters at the moment, hence the addition of lots of letter stickers. And of course the other popular thing - glitter paint.
This is Shoeshine's creation. She loved putting more and more colours in the bottom compartment and mixing them all together, using it almost like a paint tray - some great process art, exploring what happened each time another colour was added.
This was very much a process-based art activity as new colours were constantly added and mixed with others as the art work continually evolved and the bonus that it had them busy for ages! The only problem now is where to put these, not quite so easy to hang as a sheet of paper!