An art activity for children who don’t like to be messy

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Cling Film Art

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I first published Cling Film Art on our former site ‘Craft Ideas for Kids’ in 2014 and it’s inspired a huge stream of mess-free processes that can widely found across Pinterest.

We’ve used this process time and time again from creating obscure abstract art, to introducing babies to painting without the mess, to a little bit of fun on a rainy afternoon and creating awesome backdrops for sunsets and under the sea fish art.

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We’ve swapped the cling film for zip locked bags and bubble wrap for some extra sensory fun, and I’ve seen readers caught up in mess free vs messy disputes.

Cling film art is not about the merits mess vs mess-free processes, it’s simply another fun art idea that creates awesome colour blends and abstract unique pieces.

And for children who dislike getting their hands messy, it is also an ideal process that accommodates their sensory needs (as i’m sure we can all appreciate that not all kids enjoy mess).

So if you’re new to Cling Film Art, this is how it works…

Cling Film Art

Supplies:

Stock White Card
Kids Paint
Cling Film

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This process works best when the paint is spread across the card as shown above. I’ve seen many bloggers attempt this with large splodges of paint, but in my experience this makes the paint difficult  for little hands for spread and it doesn’t spread and mix the colours particularly well.

So pick up the bottle, give it a gentle squeeze and allow it to flow freely;  spreading the paint randomly across the card, criss-crossing with other colours.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

Next, cover it in cling film.

Be careful not to wrap the card too tightly. There needs to be a little give in the cling film otherwise the paint may become difficult to spread.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

And now for the fun bit.

Place two hands onto the cling film and begin spreading.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

Gently mix the colours and see what happens.

Spread it quickly, gently, with one finger or bash it (as my youngest daughter attempted).

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

What new colours and shades can your little ones make?

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

And once the paint has been spread across the card, peel the cling film away to reveal the finished piece.

I adore this process and my children have loved it over the years. The colour blends are amazing and great for cosmic, under the sea and sunset scenes.

But most of all, it’s all about the process and there really is no right or wrong to cling film art.

Enjoy!

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Poetry to show how we feel, the person we truly are

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Using poetry to give young adults with disabilities a voice

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June 12, 2016

The first day of poetry class, the young man had only one word to say to his new instructor Laurie Gilkenson: “Pizza.”

What’s your name? “Pizza”

What’s your favorite color? “Pizza.”

When Gilkenson started teaching the class for Arlington County’s Program for Employment Preparedness, which works with young adults who have mild to moderate intellectual and emotional disabilities that can include autism and Down syndrome, she knew there would be challenges. What she didn’t count on as much were the goosebumps. They crawled up her arms that first day of class in April when she handed that 20-year-old student a pen and paper and, with help, he wrote two poems. And there they were again on Friday as she watched him and his classmates stand on a stage at the Arlington Career Center and recite their works.

“If I were a butterfly,” the young man said in a whisper as a teacher assistant repeated his words louder for the audience to hear, “I would fly to Guatemala. I would eat pupusas. Oh my, oh my!”

Of the employment preparedness program’s 42 students, 13 stood on the stage, encouraged by an audience filled with their peers, parents and educators. They also had support from the nation’s top poet.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera sent an email that was printed in the program. “I am so honored to hear that you are creating poetry!” he wrote. “This is the best news I have heard today!” He signed it, “Sending you poetry hugs.”

Arlington Career Center Principal Margaret Chung said the poetry class, which was a first for the program this year, is important because it empowers students who are trying to learn to become their own advocates. It gives them a voice, she said.

“It’s a voice we don’t often hear,” Chung said. “It’s a voice we often misinterpret.”

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