Friday, July 8, 2011

Painting with Cans

Inspired by another wonderful blogger Hands on: As We Grow and her post on An Eric Carle Caterpillar, we used unopened cans of pumpkin to paint.

We set up ramp shaped blocks.
Took the labels off two large cans of pumpkin.
Attached the paper to the blocks with a piece of tape.
The children squirted foam paint on the top of the paper. (We get ours from Discount School Supply)
Then they held the can at the top of the ramp and let her roll!

The experience was very fun and the paintings were so colorful.  The rolling can mixed the paint colors into swirled patterns.  They really enjoyed the squirting out of the foam paint and the feeling of it as it covered their hands.

As we did this outside, we did lay down a large piece of butcher paper to keep the cans from getting sandy as they rolled off the ramps.  They didn't roll as far when we moved the activity from the blacktop to the sandy area.

The children got a kick out of the thinking that they "painted with pumpkin".  

Have some fun and give it a try!


  1. Oooo, I love it! I like that you didn't open them, I bet that weight gave it some interest when letting it go down the ramp. I also really REALLY love that there's MOVEMENT!! Thanks for sharing my post.

  2. I am loving all the things you can do with cans. I have started collecting them for later use - I will add this to the list of to dos!!

  3. What a great idea! I love messy paint activities!!