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String Painting

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Every design is unique

Liberally sloshing around paint is fun just by itself but if you're looking for something a little different for young children to enjoy then have a go at string painting.

Time: 15 minutes
Age: Under 5's
Level: Easy

Paper plate

Blob a good amount of paint onto a paper plate. If you want to do more than one colour then use separate plates or containers for the paint.

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Let the child put the string in the paint and use their fingers to fully cover it with paint.

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Fold a piece of paper in half
Open the paper and let your child place the string on the paper.

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Fold over the paper and push down.

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If one end of the string isn't sticking out the side, pull it out to the edge.
Hold the paper and allow your child to pull out the string.

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Unfold the paper to see the unique design.

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My son told me his looked like a dinosaur house. Others we tried looked like butterflies. You could experiment by repeating with a different colour.

If you have lots of children involved, you could use a really big piece of paper with several pieces of different coloured painted string. Let each child pull out their string.

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I have also mixed P.V.A. Glue which dries clear so it doesn't effect the colour of the paint.
If mix it together and get some off cuts of timber blocks and arrange a pattern on the block allow to dry and use as you would a stamp .Place the string stamp on a plate of coloured paint
Stamp out on butchers paper and create original wrapping paper .
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