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Dotty Art

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Create dot art using cotton buds.

Materials Needed:

  • A variety of coloured paints.
  • 1 cotton bud/cotton swap for each of the coloured paints.
  • Drawing Paper/ construction paper.
  • Egg carton/paper plates/paint pots.

What to do:

  • Place a blob of paint into an egg carton or on a paper plate. Add a cotton bud into each of the paints.
  • Draw a simple picture on a piece of paper (flower, car, bird etc.).
  • Show your child how they can fill in the picture by using the tip of the cotton bud to create dots.

Hints and Tips:

  • Look through books of Aboriginal art and talk to your child about how the Aboriginals created their art by using dots.
  • Create a dream time picture using specific colours (red, yellow, orange, black).
  • Instead of using a cotton bud, your child can dip the tip of their finger into the paints to create their dotty art.
  • You could also dip the back of the paintbrush into the paint to create the same spotty pattern.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Begins to draw detailed pictures.
    - Has better pencil grip and hand control.
    - Begins to understand other people point of view.
    - Gives brief details of what is happening in a picture.
    - Tries to obtain more information through “why” and “what” questions.
    - Pay attention to an activity between 5 – 15 minutes at a time.
    - Begins to understand and correctly use adjectives.

  • Play Based Learning: Manipulative Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft, Creative Play Games, Fine Motor Skills, Manipulation Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO2 - Children Are Connected With And Contribute To Their World

    2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity cooperation confidence creativity commitment enthusiasm persistence imagination and reflexivity

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Last modified on Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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