I recently remembered about a painting activity with my Reception class. We attached a long strip of paper to the playground, squirted dots of paint along the paper and then used fly squatters to splat the paint. You can imagine the fun my class had pretending that each dot of paint was a fly. A super paint splat activity!
I wanted Adam to try the same activity. However, I had flashbacks to my Reception class where the paint had splatted up the walls. As we have just painted our walls outside I needed to come up with another place to put the paper. Cue the Tuff Spot Tray!
I attached paper to the inside of the Tuff Spot. With hindsight this would have been easier with A3 paper!
I squirted a variety of different coloured paints around the Tuff Spot. At first I thought I had over done the paint – how wrong I was!
I didn’t even need to show Adam what to do when I handed him a fly squatter. He immediately started to splat the paint. I was also surprised that each time he splatted the paint he would shout out its colour. All you could hear from our garden was “green…blue…gold…yellow”.
Every now and again Adam would stop and point to each of the same coloured squirts of paint whilst shouting “er green er green er green er green er blue er blue er bluer” – over and over again!
It didn’t take Adam long to get through all of the blobs of paint. However, he spotted the paint bottles I had left on the table. Adam would ask for a colour, I would squirt some more blobs of that colour around the Tuff Spot and Adam would splat them with the fly squatter. The game lasted ages!
Adam thoroughly enjoyed paint splatting and didn’t mind getting slightly messy in the process. One child certainly creates less mess than a whole class! Not only did he create a Tuff Spot masterpiece but he decorated fly squatters too.
Adam’s completed paint splat masterpiece: