How to Enhance Your Child's Creativity: Fun                    With Blot Paintings!

I absolutely abhor how art is taught in preschools, kindergartens, and primary classrooms today. Teacher-directed projects reign supreme with kids duplicating a sample in a tedious step-by-step way. Everyone's project winds up looking pretty much the same -- uniformly perfect for display on bulletin boards but lacking any creativity and initiative. When kids become teenagers like mine, they're totally turned off by doing art, thoroughly convinced of 2 things: 1) It's no fun and 2) They're no good at it. What a shame! But parents can change this by giving their children plenty of open-ended art activities at home such as Blot Paintings.

1. Assemble the supplies: paper, paints, brushes, water, glue, scissors, and crayons.

2. Fold the paper in half. Open it flat. Drop small blobs of paint near the middle. Fold the paper. Rub along the fold. Open!

3. Drop more paint near the first blob. Fold, rub, and open again! Keep doing this until the paint looks interesting to you. Do you see petals, wings, eyes, or spots? Is it inspiring you to turn it into a flower, butterfly, jack-o-lantern or leopard?

4. Let the paint dry. Then use crayons to outline something in your paint -- a ladybug, fish, flower, tree, house, or whatever pops into your imagination. 

5. Cut out your Blot Painting and glue it to heavy colored paper.

For more fun projects to do with your kids

Always have plenty of paintbrushes on hand -- different sizes and shapes -- for all the projects your kids want to do!

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