Several years ago we tried non-messy cooperative painting and the families found
it very interesting so I decided to try it again.
Set up is easy – place paint between two sheets of plastic (I put a sheet of white paper under the plastic to make a solid background), seal the edges and let them rub, pat, and schmoosch.
They are tentative in their approach, mostly starting with one finger.
Touching the paint then looking at their finger.
Sliding the paint around, beginning to mix the colours.
Then the rest of the fingers join in the fun. Kneading the paint as it gradually
glides between the plastic sheets.
It was easy to encourage the children to draw faces or begin to print the letters
in their names.
This child printed her whole name and then erased it with a swipe of her hand.