I love to find ways to use recycled materials with the children.
We recently opened a new mosaic toy. The cards came in large cardboard sheets and had to be punched out. What were left were these great cardboard square forms.
We put them at the easel with tempera paint in small cups and foam dabbers.
The children enjoyed painting inside the squares with the cardboard facing different ways.
They also discovered flipping the board over to make a rubbing or putting another piece of paper over the top of the first painting and rubbing it.
It was very interesting to watch the children choose their colors and decide which squares to paint inside. Some did all of them and some chose an arrangement.
It was an activity that garnered interest for the entire week with many children repeating it several times.