Outdoor Art: String Painting

We did this art activity at the Chabot Space Center‘s Tyke Explorer class last week.  When I asked my son if he’d like to do this again at home, he said, “yes, but we’ll have to do it outside.”  I asked him why, and he said, “it would be WAY to messy to do in the house.”  Well, he has a point… paint would probably drip all over the floor, and I’d get stressed out.


*  String, cut into 10 inch strips

*  Shallow dish or container – one for each paint color

*  Tempera paint in several colors

*  Large pieces of paper

What to Do

Simply have your child dip the string in the paint and allow them to apply to the paper as they please.

Here are a few pictures of what the boys in the class did…


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