Create a beautiful planet earth craft for Earth Day in this exciting gross motor art activity for kids! It’s a great craft project for activity kids!
Shake painting can be a lot of fun and can be a great way to entice reluctant artists to participate in an art activity. Let them know that to create this craft they get to shake a few rocks!
Grad a sheet of white paper and a draw and cut out a large circle. I traced a small plate on the paper in order to get a perfect circle.
Tape the circle to the bottom of a sensory bin or large Tupperware container using a small amount of tape.
For older children have them use a sensory bin but for younger children use a smaller container such as a large Tupperware container. I used our IKEA Flisat sensory bins. Put a several rocks into the container.
If this is the first time your child is painting in this manner it could be a good idea to have them practice shaking the rock back and forth a few times without paint so that they can get the hang of it. This is especially important if you are doing this with toddlers. Let them know that the rocks are to stay in the bin when they shake it back and forth.
Time to add some paint
Add a few drops of blue and green paint on either side of the circle and invite your child to start shaking the rocks back and forth through the paint in order to paint the circle.
What will quickly form in the sensory bin will be a blue and green swirl of colour! Creating a unique blue planet!
Add more paint as necessary or more rocks. If you child wants to really shake things up put a lid on the container and let them loose!
Once they are done painting gently remove the circle. Gently, as it will be wet and delicate. Set it aside to dry.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Keeping in the spirit of Earth Day and reducing, reusing and recycling – save the rocks that you used in this activity and use them in the Earth Day Play Tray. Set the rocks aside to dry as well on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
Once dry glue it to a black sheet of construction paper and display your beautiful unique blue planet!
Save those rocks and use them in a Earth Day play dough invitation to play.
Skill Development Opportunities
Art activities are amazing for developing the following skills:
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Imaginative and Creative Play
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- Sensory bin or large Tupperware container
- Blue and green washable paint
- White paper
- Masking Tape
- Black construction paper