"Mummy can we make something from my book?" Master A came to me with his Usborne Activities Dinosaur Things to Make and Do book desperate to make a volcano painting; he is dinosaur mad. He loves them and he loves making a mess so the two combined is just perfect! As it is half term and its raining (surprise surprise) we have plenty of time to spend indoors having fun. So we turned to page 12 in his book and a dinosaur volcano painting is exactly what we made, as well as a valentines related kitchen activity but I'll tell you about that in a different post.
Here are the step by step instructions and a video for how to create the volcano painting.
What you need
- orange paint (if you don't have any you can improvise like we did - we planned to mix red and yellow, before we learned we didn't have any yellow paint either! So instead we mixed red and gold and tiny bit of white to get the orange colour for our lava).
- black crayon or in our case a sharpie
- Mix your paints if you don't have any orange
- Draw two thick lines for the sides of the volcano
- Scribble between the two lines at the top to create the crater
- Blob your orange paint at the top of the crater
- Use the straw to blow the 'lava' up from the volcano like it has exploded
- Run some orange paint down the sides of the volcano
- Then we painted a Dinosaur sponge green and dabbed it on at the bottom of the volcano
As a registered childminder and a teaching assistant I often look for areas of learning in the activities I do with my littluns and this painting exercise was no different. This task is inclusive but by no means limited to the following learning areas I have identified.
Physical Development: Hand-eye coordination, control and movement is developed with an activity such as painting.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Having confidence in their ability, as well as understanding and delivering appropriate behaviour for the task, i.e. for this task - not jumping around throwing paint every where.
Literacy: Reading and following instructions
Expressive arts: Exploring and playing with a range of materials. Learning and mixing colours.
So as you can see a simple task such as painting a volcano is not only fun but provides great learning opportunities too!
Go on, give this one a go. Its great fun and took all of 10 minutes with limited mess! I would LOVE to see your paintings over on my Facebook page 🙂