Camp Sunny Patch Session 7: Splat-Painted Earth

July 16, 2012 at 6:00 am 11 comments

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 7 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Allie McDonald. (Click here for a printable version.)

Splat painted earth kids' art activity: Camp Sunny Patch Session 7

As the Summer Olympics in London bring together the world’s best athletes, they remind us all how truly small our world is. They also create a great context for teaching your children about the world around them. This art project is just about the perfect summer project with a world theme. It uses gross motor skills, it’s messy, and the end result is awesome! Here is how you can make one cool world in your own backyard.

You will need a canvas, some clear contact paper, blue, green and white paint, simple kitchen sponges (3 per sponge bomb), rubber bands, a dish for the paint, scissors and a smock.

Start by prepping the canvas. You will need to cut a piece of contact paper big enough to cover the whole canvas and cut a circle out of the middle. Press the contact paper on the canvas so there is a circle of canvas exposed, while the edges are all covered by the contact paper.

Now to make the sponges. Layer three cheap (think dollar store) sponges on top of each other. Make 2-3 cuts so the sponges are long, skinny rectangles. Using a rubber band tie them together tightly. Fluff.

Now go outside. There is NO way you want to do this inside.

Pour some paint in a dish and soak the sponges in it.

Set the canvas a few or many feet from the paint.

Throw! Try to hit the exposed canvas.

We threw from near and far.  Beware because those suckers are really tempting to throw at each other too. We may or may not have ended up blue and green.

Let the canvas dry, peel the contact paper off and you will have an amazing Earth artwork and an equally amazing summer memory!


Allison from NoTimeForFlashCards.comAllison McDonald is founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards. She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so she has done her share of crafts, songs and circle times! Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early-childhood education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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