Thursday, 5 August 2010

Painting with porcupine balls

Had a genius moment today (can't reach the kids paintbrushes in the cupboard, there's been a landslide so came up with this idea). Using porcupine mini porcupine balls attached to clothes pegs as printers/ paintbrushes, worked very well although the pegs were a bit temperamental holding onto the balls I would probably not use the pegs in future.
We usually use these balls for a colour posting game, so thought that it may be fun to paint by choosing colours using the dice from the game. This worked well and think it would be a fabulous idea to encourage children with autism to use a range of colours.

We then squirted paint onto paper in a tray, popped a ball in. After lots of tilting and some unpredictable ball movements we had a paper full of little dots. Would be lovely with white paint on black paper for snow!!! (shame I didn't photograph the end result)
"Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity." Bo Bennett


  1. This is really creative work. I love it! Especially the color dice.

  2. There's something wonderful about 'balls' and paint isn't there Bea! I like the idea of using the dice to choose the colour. We haven't tried this before. Thanks for sharing the idea!
    Donna :) :)

  3. What a fun idea! We have some of these - I may have to use this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Counting Coconuts