String painting or pulled string art is a great way to develop kids’ fine motor skills, and strengthen grasp and manual control. Plus, it’s fun! Download our free printable string art project below and create your own colorful art. String painting is easy to do with a few simple supplies; paper, string and paint. We love simple and do-able art projects for kids!
PAINT WITH STRING
BENEFITS OF STRING PAINTING FOR YOUNG KIDS
String painting is a fun sensory experience. It is a good way for kids to experience the feeling and texture of paint on their hands. A new sensation is always good!
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Learn about color mixing. Have the kids guess what new colors they will make when they put down two different colored strings next to each other.
Develop fine motor skills including the pincer grasp. Neat pincer grasp is used to pick up very small items such as beads, a thread from a surface, or a needle. Picking up and manipulating the strings is great practice for little fingers!
WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?
Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!
Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.
Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.
Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!
Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!
- Washable Paint
- Cups or bowls
STEP 1: Place a sheet of blank paper on table.
STEP 2: Place several colors of paint in separate cups/bowls.
STEP 3: Dip a piece of string in the first color and wipe off excess paint with fingers or a paper towel.
STEP 4: Lay the string down on the paper, curling it or even crossing over itself. Bring the string down to the bottom of the paper so that it hangs off the page.
STEP 5: Repeat with several strings and several colors of paint.
STEP 6: Place a second sheet of paper on top of the strings and then place something heavy on top of the pages.
STEP 7: Pull the strings out from between the two sheets of paper.
STEP 8: Lift the top page and see your masterpiece!
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