This is an easy process art activity that is perfect for little hands. Try this mesh dabber painting with your toddler or preschooler.
On days when it is just the toddler and I we go back to basics – simple art activities that are perfect for small hands that just want to put paint on paper and see what happens. This mornings we experimented with mesh dabber painting, and it was just that – easy and fun.
This simple process art activity uses items you probably already have at home, and it’s perfect for young children who are ready to explore paint and simple art activities. The purpose of this activity is not to paint a masterpiece, but to be creative, to explore, to learn about cause and effect, and to have fun!
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How to Do Mesh Dabber Painting.
Setting up this fun creative painting activity for your kids is super easy.
To get started with some mesh dabber painting you’ll need to gather the following :
- A plastic mesh bag – we got ours from a bag of oranges.
- Something to stuff your dabbers with – cotton balls, tissues, fabric scraps
- String or elastic bands to tie up your dabbers.
- A container for the paint – we used a foil tray from the recycling.
- Paint – we used a selection of liquid tempera paints similar to these (affiliate link).
- Nice big sheets of paper.
To make the dabbers I cut our orange bag mesh into four square-ish pieces, then scrunched up some newspaper into small balls and put a few layers of tissue over the top. Wrapping the balls in the mesh I tied it all at the top to make a nice squishy dabber for the paint with a nifty handle at the top.
You could use plain fabric for the outside of the dabbers, or even some bubble wrap. Try to pick something with an interesting texture that will show up when you copver it with paint and stamp it onto the paper.
To paint with the mesh dabbers all you need to do is swish them around in the paint a bit and then start dabbing!
This activity is perfect for toddlers as it is easy to get paint on to the paper without too many drips and it’s lots of fun to dab and stamp away at the paper.
Little ones will use lots of large arm movements, practicing those hand-eye coordination skills.
My toddler started with big wild dabbing and stamping to make a range of printed, textured circles that filled his piece of paper. I had to rush to keep up with his demand for another piece of paper!
Later he experimented with swishing and rubbing, mixing colours. Sometimes he added so much paint the paper became a soggy mess, and sometimes he mixed all the colours together and made a muddy brown, but that’s ok, that’s all part of the process of experimenting and learning. That’s why it’s called ‘process art’… it’s all about the doing, not having something pretty to look at in the end!
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