Splat Painting – Action Art for Kids

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Splat painting is easy peasy and super fun for active kids. This simple action art activity involves hitting paint-soaked cotton balls with a small mallet.

Splat Painting Action Art for Kids

Splat painting is fun, fun, fun.

There are different ways to do this action art activity, but the way we’ve loved splat painting with kids couldn’t be simpler.

  • Dip cotton balls in paint.
  • Place paint-soaked cotton ball on paper.
  • Hit it with a small wooden mallet.

And watch as paint splats and splatters out of the cotton ball.

Splat Painting with Kids in Action

Easy peasy and super fun for active kids!

Here’s a brief video showing splat painting in action.

And here’s a quick tutorial with more pictures.

Splat Painting – Action Art for Kids

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*Make your own by hot-gluing a large wood bead to the end of a wooden dowel as we did. Or use a drumstick or the mallet that comes with a xylophone set or a pounding toy.

INSTRUCTIONS

Splat Painting Action Art - Setting Up for the Art Activity

First, set up for the art activity.

As you can imagine, splat painting is a tad messy and is a great outdoor art activity. A hard surface works best, as you’ll be pounding with a mallet. We set up a small kids’ table in the backyard, but you could also do this on a sidewalk or driveway.

To set up, we put liquid watercolor paint in small cups (jelly jars, actually) and watered it down. The cotton balls soak up a surprising amount of the liquid paint. You could also use food coloring or even tempera paint.

We also taped down the corners of watercolor paper to hold it in place as the kids pounded and the paint splatted.

Splat Painting - Dip Cotton Balls in Paint

Step 1. Dip cotton balls in paint.

You can do them one at a time, as you’re going to use the cotton ball. Or you put a cotton ball into each paint cup as Ezra chose to do.

Splat Painting with Kids with Paint-Soaked Cotton Balls

Step 2. Place paint-soaked cotton ball on paper.

You can transfer the cotton balls from paint cups to paper with a spoon, tongs, or fingers.

Splat Painting with Kids - Pound the Paint-Soaked Cotton Ball

Step 3. Hit it with a small wooden mallet.

And watch as paint splats and splatters out of the cotton ball. The kids got such a thrill out of watching the trajectory of the paint splatters. Plus, of course, they loved pounding the cotton balls with their little wooden mallets.

Splat Painting with Kids - Placing Paint-Soaked Cotton Ball on Paper

Remove the cotton ball with a spoon, fingers, or tongs…

Splat Painting with Kids - Pounding with a Wood Mallet

…and repeat with more colors and more balls as desired.

Splat Painting with Kids - Finished Artwork with Paint Splatters

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    Sierra
    August 30, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Wow! what colorful and amazing ideas for inspiring kids art activities. I like it. It will increase kids creativeness. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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