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Montessori DIY: Sponge Painting

Sponge Painting is a wonderful sensory experience for young children to explore how things look and feel in a fun and creative way.

Children will use skills such as picking up a sponge, dipping it into the paint and understanding different shapes.

These sensory skills are useful for their motor skills development, and activities such as grabbing, touching, feeling and using their hand grip are extremely important as they get older and learn to write.

What you’ll need
  • Paper plate or tray
  • Regular kitchen sponge
  • Paint (as many colours as you would like)
  • Scissors
  • Paper
How to do it
  • Cut the sponge into easy to pick up shapes for your child. You can cut these into squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, or whatever your child likes – if they are older and learning how to use scissors, you can let them take over this part.
  • Spread some paint of any colour onto a plate or tray and then dip the sponge into the paint.
  • Press the sponge into the paper to make colourful shapes.
  • If your child finds it difficult to pick up the sponges with their hands you can clip a clothespin onto the sponge so it can be an easy handle for the sponge.
  • Help your child learn the names of the colours they are using when they are painting.

Whilst your child has fun making colourful creations they are also developing their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and colour mixing.

An activity like this can be done by your child all on their own. This teaches them great skills such as holding, touching and grabbing, creativity, and teaches them how to identify different colours. It will give your child a sense of independence and achievement when they see what they have created.

At Beverly Hills Montessori Christian Long Day Care, we combine the Montessori teaching method with Christian values, which makes our centre an amazing nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. Book a centre tour today – we will love meeting you.