This is a fun way to do a painting project by upcycling different materials. Start by gathering up any materials that you can use for painting. This could be just about anything: toilet paper tubes, bubble wrap, marker caps, old yogurt cups, lids, empty water bottles, straws, corrugated cardboard, and so on. You can have your children help to gather these items together, and discuss the concepts behind recycling and reusing, upcycling, and more.
Next, choose some paints. You may want to limit how many colors you use per project, as they will likely get mixed together to some extent. For this kind of painting project, it can be useful to spread some paint on a plate or other flat surface, so that you can coat larger items like pieces of bubble wrap.
We cut the ends of toilet paper rolls to make “flowers”. Be creative – you can alter things in different ways to get a variety of textures and shapes. Another idea is to pull apart corrugated cardboard to expose the ridges, or use the edge of a thick piece of corrugated cardboard. You can roll a water bottle on its side in the paint, or you can dip the bottom in and use it like a stamp.
There are many ways to make this a versatile project, as far as being creative, and tailoring it to different age children and making it an educational experience too.
Some teaching concepts you can incorporate into this fun painting project include:
~ recycling, reuse, and upcycling
~ mixing paint colors to create new colors
~ use only primary colors, or pastels, or neons, etc.
~ making patterns
~ explore a variety of textures, including those beyond recycled materials (sponges, sandpaper, and so on)