Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Invitation to Paint on Bubble Wrap
This simple invitation was to provide sensory exploration as well as experimenting how art materials interact with different surfaces. In other words, surfaces with a different texture provide for an interesting canvas to explore and paint on at any age. Butcher paper was taped as the base on the play mat (makes for easy clean up), bubble wrap taped on top of the butcher paper, and Lakeshore Learning Foam Sensory Paint (you can use any non-toxic paint). For older children you can tape it to a table or leave it on the floor and let them use paint brushes. This is definitely a process-not-product activity, it is very exploratory and creative. Creating art boosts children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways even infants. As they manipulate the paint on the bubble wrap their fine motor skills improve.