A Sponge for Every Season
Painting with sponges can be easily adapted for nearly every type of preschool curriculum unit, but they are especially fun for seasonal projects. Here are some cute activities across the seasons:
Sponge Leaves - Use leaf shaped sponges dipped in brown, orange, red or yellow paint for a leaf project.
Sponge Apples -- Use apple shaped sponges against a green background for a tree. Larger sponge apples could be used for an apple tree wall decoration.
Sponge Pumpkins -- Orange pumpkins can be sponge painted onto brown paper to show a pumpkin patch or onto a paper plate. Once the paint has dried, sponge shapes (black-triangles) to make the faces of a jack-o-lantern. This project may take two days.
Sponge Ornaments -- Round sponge shapes and candy cane shapes are used to add ornaments to a large or small green paper Christmas tree.
Sponge Snowflakes -- Sponge snowflakes should be done with white paint on dark blue paper
Sponge Snowmen -- Snowmen bodies should be made of three circle sponge shapes of differing sizes.
Sponge Hearts -- A variety of different sized heart shaped sponges are used at Valentine's Day for sponge painting pictures or cards.
Sponge Clovers -- Green paint and sponges shaped like clovers are used for St. Patrick's Day. When sponged around the edge of a large circle, they make a great wreath.
Sponge Eggs -- Large white card stock eggs are decorated with sponge painting to look like Easter eggs- don't forget the basket!
Sponge Flowers -- Sponge painting is combined with regular painting to make summer pictures of flowers growing or the sun shining.
Sponge Stars -- Small white stars are sponged onto a flag painting that was previously painted with a blue rectangle and red and white stripes.
For many of these projects teachers can have their students go back and decorate their sponge art with detail using markers, sequins, or other craft materials, once the shape has dried.