Little hands need nice large, easy to hold, art tools, and these homemade peg and sponge painters tick all those boxes, plus they are loads of fun to print and paint with!
Easy Sponge Printing Activity
These easy DIY peg and sponge painters are easy to make, and they use items you likely already have at home, or you can collect from the supermarket.
To do some sponge printing you’ll need:
- Spongeor soft foam pieces
- Clothes Pegs
- Plates or similar flat containers for the paint
- Something to cover your work surface.
- Smocks or aprons.
We used some soft packing foam sponge that I had saved from the recycling to make our sponge painters, but you could also use kitchen sponges bought from the supermarket, or any other soft spongy material.
To begin with I cut our big sponge into smaller pieces and then into some basic shapes – squares, circles and triangles. Then we added a clothes peg to the top of each sponge shape to make easy handles to grab onto.
We used washable liqutemp paint in bright primary colours. You may need to water down the paint a little if it is very thick, and don’t add too much paint to each plate. It’s better to top up the paint during the activity, rather than have a big squishy plate full of paint at the start.
Put a little paint in the middle of each play and spread it around a bit with your peg sponge painters. Now you can go wild sponge printing, dabbing and painting to your hear’ts content!
This is a great process art activity for all ages. Toddlers, preschoolers, and even adults will enjoy this easy art activity where the focus is definitely on the process of experimenting and exploring with the peg sponge painters.
You’ll need to have lots of paper on hand so the kids can try out lots of techniques and make all kinds of paintings, and you’ll need somewhere to dry them all too.
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