I love the idea of exploring alternate canvases. The girls have had a great time painting with every possible item under the sun like yarn, spaghetti, forks, bubble wrap, duplos, the list could really go on and on. But, we always seem to paint on the same thing…plain old paper!
So when I noticed that my sister had a pile of really big rocks sitting in her backyard I had to take a few I knew they would be perfect for the girls to paint on! I planned on putting them throughout the garden and having the girls paint on them outside, but the mosquitoes are so bad this year that we have not been able to spend much time in our back yard. Even bug spray does not seem to keep them away. So we brought the big rocks inside!
First, I scrubbed all of the dirt off of the rocks. We did this with our art group and each child was able to pick the rock that they wanted to paint on. Then I gave them a paint palette and set out a bunch of different brushes and they got to work creating.
Emily decided to paint a rainbow on one side and make a lady bug on the other.
I am still hoping to try this again outside, I think it will be fun to use washable paints and let them keep painting new pictures on the rocks throughout the yard. Maybe we will be able to get a really big rock/boulder as a canvas too!
What alternate canvases have you tried having your children paint on?