Crayons and drawing books for the kids’ art time? Too ordinary! So here’s a little project to give your kids something a bit different and more fun to do.
You can build this simple stand using scrap timber you may have in your storage. But you can also use other materials such as PVC pipes, cardboard boxes, etc. Be creative and resourceful! As long as it’s something the paint bottles can swing from then that’s good! You can also try to use small empty plastic bottles to use as paint applicators, instead of buying squeeze bottles.
And don’t forget to cover the floor with old newspapers if you’re planning to do this indoors for easier clean up!
We’re pretty sure your kids will love this large canvas for them to play around with. It can also help broaden their imagination which can be hard to achieve if they are always restricted to crayons and paper on the table!
Let’s get this started, shall we?
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- 30″ Dowel
- 4 pcs – 8″ long, 2×2 Timber
- 2 pcs – 24″ long, 2×4 Timber
- Wire / Thread
- Tempera Paint for Kids
- Cup or Glass Jar (one with wide opening for catching paint drips)
- Squeeze Bottles
- Wide Canvas
Create the stand.
There are many different ways to do this; all we’re looking to create is a stable stand that we can thread through to create a pendulum that will drop paint onto our canvas or paper.
I used a pair of Wilton squeeze bottles and filled them with washable, kid-friendly paint. These will be used as the applicators. I thinned the paint a tad bit with water to achieve a slightly more liquid consistency.
I used a square piece of pre-treated canvas material. This will be what sits on the ground and gets painted on. You could also use card stock or poster boards.
I drilled a small hole through my dowel where a piece of string will connect it to the paint applicator. This will be our pendulum.
Next, I prepped my Wilton squeeze bottle by cutting out the bottom, and making two small holes about a half inch away from the newly cut bottom, exactly opposite each other.
These two holes will be strung through with the string hanging from our dowel.
Now, cut a larger opening on the squeeze top so the paint can flow easily out of it. Because we thinned our paint a bit with water, it should flow out effortlessly. I put a small cup directly underneath the bottle so it wouldn’t get unto my canvas material until I was ready to set it in motion.
Now it’s time to let the kids have fun with it! Used circular motion to get the pendulum paint bottle moving around.
Let us know if it produced wonderful effects! :)
Thanks tofor this great project!