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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Exploring patterns with paint (and toy cars)

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(These ideas came home from school.)

Materials:
  • large sheet of paper
  • washable paint of various colours
  • washable (plastic) toy cars or trucks with interesting tire treads

Instructions:
  • assign one vehicle per colour of paint
  • have child dip vehicle tires in paint and then drive all over the paper
  • explore patterns on the paper
  • explore repeating patterns overtop each other (within same colour)
  • explore what happens when paint colours mix
  • explore which colours show up on other colours

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Of course, if you really want to get into the swing of things, get them to paint a car with using the wheels of a car!

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