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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tissue Paper Rainbow Art

We've been doing lots of reviewing as our school year winds down. We recently had a day to review colors (English, Spanish, and ASL) and I wanted a colorful art activity available to the children. I recalled an activity we had done some time ago that involved tissue paper pieces, water, and paper, so I began pulling the supplies to get ready for the children. We used trays (that had originally been drawers to a drawer file system), added art paper, put out multiple colors of tissue paper that had been torn or cut into small square-like shapes, and had water ready in a spray bottle. This is the provocation which greeted the children upon their arrival.



We encouraged the children to spray their paper lightly to help the tissue paper stick to it. Then they began choosing their colors and layout.



They were amazed when they began seeing the colors "bleed" from the tissue paper onto the art paper. It was interesting to see the blending of the colors like the pink and blue shown below.


After they were pleased with their arrangement, we encouraged them to once again spray the paper with water. We then laid the papers on a drying rack. The photo below shows what the dry art looks like on the drying rack.


Once it is all dry, the tissue pieces readily fall off and are discarded. The below photo shows the result after the tissue paper is removed.


Below are more samples of the dry art and after the tissue paper is removed.




What a beautiful project that each one is individually unique. It's also a great fine motor activity as the children work to move the tissue squares between their index finger and thumb to lift one piece at a time. What a great and colorful activity for our Color Day.


10 comments:

  1. Oh, those are very beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. The kids had a blast designing and watching the colors spread on the paper.

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  2. love it! what a fun activity. wonder if this would work on glass? thinking a picture frame glass.

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    1. I'm not sure if it would work on glass or not. If you try it, please let me know the results. What an interesting idea.

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  3. We're going to do this art activity in our babies and toddlers class at church on Sunday! PERFECT because there's no messy paint to clean off of church clothes and I know the kids will LOVE using the spray bottles. So glad I saw this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. You're welcome, April. Please post a pic on my Facebook page to let me see how they turn out and/or the kids in process. You can post it at https://www.facebook.com/pages/For-the-Children/170943436350531?ref=tn_tnmn Thanks for the feedback!

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  4. Definitely lots of fun!

    Thank you for joining in with Kids Get Arty! Do add the exploration of a great artists next time too - what Kids Get Arty is all about.

    Maggy

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  5. Beautiful! Love bleeding tissue paper. Thank you so much for sharing with us and linking up!

    Warmly,
    Pink and Green Mama
    MaryLea

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    1. Thanks, MaryLea. Also, thanks for providing a forum for us to share ideas. Love it!!

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  6. In addition to Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party, this week's theme is WATER. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer

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