A Different Perspective

  • Hold paper you will be painting the long (hot dog) way
  • Painting tool will depend on the effect and skill set of the children. I usually used cotton swabs for this activity. The lines were a good width, tool was easy for all skill sets and good fine motor skill for my youngest as pinching, not pencil grip needed. You drag more than swip with a cotton swab.
  • Draw/paint lines across your paper leaving some white space between the lines. Lines do not need to be straight.
  • I usually have 1 cotton swab per color per child. Small tart/muffin tins are great for holding small amounts of paints. Egg cartons also work, especially the clear ones you can wash and reuse. I start with the 3 primary colors. If children desired colors the mixing can occur right in the mini muffin/tart tin.
  • Once painted let dry. 
  • When dry the child will be cutting the paper the short (hamburg) way. Important clue*** Glue down as cut to maintain the picture/design order. 
  • Strips can be of any width, so this is easy to do with children working on developing scissor skills. Leave similar space between cut strips (fingers are built in spacers).
  • You might not use all the painted design. If that would bother a child I suggest to precut the painting paper so it’s length is shorter about 2” than the background foundation sheet. Or have extra background sheets and they can make more than one. 
  • For an older child who wants to do a drawing/picture, they still cut and lay down the strip as cut, but do not glue down until sure the picture fits. You can adjust the spacing or again start with a paper where you have shortened the length.
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