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Splatter Painting

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #3

Splatter Painting
Splatter Painting

You will need:

  • Various Paints
  • Canvas or Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Cup
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates

This activity can get pretty messy, so we recommend painting outside and wearing aprons! Set up tables for your residents to stand or sit at. You may even want to lay down a plastic table cloth. Give every resident a canvas, paper plate and cup of water. Provide paints and paintbrushes to share. Residents can squeeze whatever paint they want onto the plate and rinse their brush in their cup. Now for the messy part – dip your paintbrush in paint and fling it onto the canvas! Get creative and have fun! Some residents may even want to just paint, that’s fine too! A more hands-on activity would be finger painting! Whatever your residents decide to do, it’s sure to be a masterpiece!

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Straw Fireworks

Corwin 4th of July Straw Fireworks
Corwin 4th of July Straw Fireworks

4th of July is just a few weeks away! Have you made plans? Maybe you’re having a cookout, shooting off some fireworks, or heading to the beach. Whatever you do, you’re not going to want to miss out on this great motor skills activity! Set up your own Straw Fireworks Painting Station with just these few materials:

You Will Need:

  • Red, white and/or blue paper
  • Red, white and blue paint
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Paper Plates

To Begin:

  1. To set up your very own straw painting station you’ll want to start by prepping your straws for your residents or community
  2. To create your firework “stamp” start by cutting your straw down the middle. You should have two straw “flaps.” Continue cutting each “flap” in half until they’re too small to cut anymore. Fold your “flaps” down. You’ll want to make sure the “flaps” are all equal length. This will help the stamp lay down flat.
  3. Once you have plenty of straw stamps made to share, squeeze red, white and blue paint onto their own respective plates. Place a few straw stamps with each color.
  4. Allow residents to choose between a variety of paper color – we stuck with the festive red, white and blue.
  5. Dip the straw into the paint then press onto the paper. You may have to use your fingers to help the “flaps” touch the paper. Once they touch the paper, lift the straw – you should be left with a beautiful firework! Layer with different colors to create a more dimensional effect.
  6. Allow to dry, hang and enjoy!
Prepped Straw Stamps
Prepped Straw Stamps
Straw Stamp
Straw Stamp
Straw Stamping
Straw Stamping

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Earth Day Plant Stamping

Plant Stamping
Plant Stamping

It’s DIY Friday! In preparation of Earth Day, we will be creating all-natural Plant Stamps! By using raw potatoes and flowers, the possibilities are endless! Let’s get to plant stamping!

You will need:

  • Potatoes
  • Knife/Xacto Knife
  • Paper
  • Paper Plates
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paints
  • Flowers (we used plastic, but you can use real ones as well)

To Begin:

  1. First, grab your bag of potatoes – the potatoes will be used to create our all-natural stamps. Prep your potatoes by washing them and cutting them in half.
  2. Next, using a kitchen knife, xacto knife or cookie cutters, draw the outline of the shape you wish to make. Some examples of shapes we used are Easter Eggs, Hearts, Bunnies and Pineapples! But don’t let that limit your creativity – you can make anything you’d like!
  3. Once your shapes are traced, use your knife to slice the bits and pieces of potato off that you don’t want to pick up paint – remember, anything that is raised will be a part of your stamp!
  4. After you’ve prepped your potatoes, grab your flowers (real or fake), trim them, and set aside.
  5. Now that our plant stamps are prepped and ready to be used, we can start stamping! First, squeeze the paint onto the paper plate. By using a paint brush and a generous amount of paint, cover the part of the potato you wish to be seen.
  6. Stamp away!
  7. As for the flowers, simply dip your flower face-down into the paint color of your choice – make sure it’s coated!
  8. Next, gently press the flower to the paper – you may have to use your finger to help it stick to the surface. Carefully pull the flower away from the paper and you’re left with a beautiful flower! We also repeated the process with the leaves, drew stems and created a pretty bouquet!
Plant Stamping
Plant Stamping

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