Creating art is a very sensorial experience. Whether making a collage or painting you are using your senses of sight, touch, and even smell to explore the materials. During this Alien Planet Sensory Painting project Caden really explored the tactile properties of paint and created a very interesting looking alien planet!
This painting session started out pretty typical. I set up Caden’s table with some paint of his choosing, a paint brush and a circle cut out of foam core poster board. But then Caden really got into it, literally!
Caden loves to mix paint colors into a beautiful muddy color. I try to only give him colors that mix well, but this time he asked for black paint, so the colors became very dark. I loved watching him dip his fingers in all the colors, mixing them up and experimenting with his painting technique. First he used his fingers to paint, then he had so much paint in his hand that he starting dripping the paint on his alien planet. This created a wonderful swirly look as the paint was not quite mixed completely together.
After that, he really became more interested in the sensory experience of painting! He kept picking up more paint with his hand and looking at how the paint changed on his hand. He called this his “robot hand”. He didn’t want to finish painting his alien planet, so I helped him cover the rest of the circle cutout.
Here are a few other space themed activities to try:
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