Activity: Outdoor Art!
The adventurous spirit of iameko is at the heart of creative play and imagination-building. This kind of activity helps children learn thinking and planning skills, communication, problem solving and manual dexterity. To grow an independent spirit one must have the opportunity to take some risks.
Art is a favourite activity in the iameko home, and even with a dedicated indoor craft area, the prospect of clearing up after painting sessions can be disheartening. When older children have mastered the art of keeping the paint on the paper, younger siblings can’t seem to help decorating themselves and the room as well. This exuberant love of paint is too creative to be stifled or contained, and that’s what led to the discovery and development of this simple and cheap outdoor activity.
What’s even more fun than play chalks on the path or drive? Pavement Paints and a big brush, for masterpieces too big for any art gallery!
Homemade Pavement Paint:
All you need is water, cornstarch and food colouring, with a muffin tray to hold your colours. Simply mix water and cornstarch until you get the consistency you prefer; too runny and you get dribbles, too thick and it’s hard to manage neatly. Share out your ‘paint’ into the muffin tray and stir in food colouring in each pot to make a variety of colours. Works of art can be washed off later with soap and water, or you can just wait for rain. Even after a few days, the paint washes off easily.
This activity encourages the imagination on a grand scale, encouraging children who tend to create tiny controlled and detailed pictures to think big (and sometimes a bit dribbly). The uneven surface of the path or driveway makes a tactile canvas that requires some flexibility from the artist. And because the paintings are by their nature temporary, more nervous or hesitant painters can be encouraged to ‘go wild’ because the results will be gone by the morning.
“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”
Sydney Gurewitz Clemens