The Activity Room is a great place for daily activity ideas! It’s also a wonderful place to get to know other families and be inspired by how they spend time with their kids.
Melissa and I were excited about Michelle’s idea and decided to have a go at it!
I don’t know what it is about messy play, but my kids love it. Their motto could well be “the messier the better!”
Make messy play a snap to clean up with super simple kid-friendly ideas!
Super Simple Rubber Band Splatter Painting
- Washable paint
- Cardboard box
- Rubber bands
Best of all, we already had everything we needed at home! I didn’t need to go shopping for anything in this activity.
We used an old cardboard box for this, but a shoe box will work great too. We’re always keeping cardboard boxes because they are useful for many creative activities!
We fit the rubber bands over the box, spacing them out evenly. Depending on the size of your box, you can use as many rubber bands as you want.
Melissa chose her paint colors and we started making our rubber band splatter paintings!
Let me tell you, it was a good thing that they were washable paints!
I covered the table with a plastic sheet we use when we’re having a messy activity day.
Next, I slid the paper she was going to paint, underneath the rubber bands and into the bottom of the box. You might need to cut the paper to fit the box like we did.
How to make rubber band splatter painting art
Melissa started covering each rubber band with paint. We found that a generous amount of paint works best!
She used just one color for each band first, but the second time around she had fun mixing more than one color on each band.
Now for the messy part!
I told Melissa that she could pull the bands and then let them go to see what would happen.
Her reaction made me smile. She giggled as she watched the paint splat all over the paper!
She decided to go back, adding more and more paint to make a bigger splatter. It was great fun to watch!
Melissa also experimented with different ways of pulling on the rubber bands to see what effect it would have.
When she decided she was done with one piece of paper, I swapped in a new one so she could make herself another work of art!
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