Shake the Paint: Highly active art for active kids!

Shake the Paint Materials: Large plastic container WITH lid, washable tempera paint, some natural loose materials (acorns, pebbles, pinecones work well), paper (cut to the height of the container). View Full Size
Shake the Paint 1. Wrap the paper around the inside of the container. View Full Size
Shake the Paint 2. Place an assortment of small, natural objects in the bottom of the container. View Full Size
Shake the Paint 3. Squirt in a little bit of paint. Try one or two colors to start with. View Full Size
Shake the Paint 4. Put lid on TIGHTLY and begin to shake the container. View Full Size
Shake the Paint Shake it while you jump! View Full Size
Shake the Paint Shake it with a friend! View Full Size
Shake the Paint 5. When you think it’s done, open the lid carefully to reveal the painting. Surprise--it turned green! View Full Size
Shake the Paint Mine turned orange! All over! View Full Size
Shake the Paint Every time it will turn out different, depending on the objects, how hard you shake, and what colors of paint you chose! View Full Size
Materials: Large plastic container WITH lid, washable tempera paint, some natural loose materials (acorns, pebbles, pinecones work well), paper (cut to the height of the container).
1. Wrap the paper around the inside of the container.
2. Place an assortment of small, natural objects in the bottom of the container.
3. Squirt in a little bit of paint. Try one or two colors to start with.
4. Put lid on TIGHTLY and begin to shake the container.
Shake it while you jump!
Shake it with a friend!
5. When you think it’s done, open the lid carefully to reveal the painting. Surprise--it turned green!
Mine turned orange! All over!
Every time it will turn out different, depending on the objects, how hard you shake, and what colors of paint you chose!

Do you have wiggly kids who can’t stay still long enough to paint a picture? They will love this highly active art experience. This project is all about the energy you put into the process. The element of surprise in discovering the results is also quite addictive—you never know what you will find when you open the lid!

This is a great activity to do outside where there are plenty of natural objects to collect and plenty of room for shakin' around! It also helps to have a hose nearby for easy clean up. You’ll need large plastic containers with tight fitting lids, paint, paper, and some small loose objects. 

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