Friday, July 24, 2015

Paint with Tangram

I have this *gorgeous* set of colorful tangram puzzle pieces. Long time ago, when I first bought this set, I had made a simple train puzzle on a cardboard sheet. (I'd made some more sheets for the smaller pieces, you can see them here). That board was tossed in the garbage long time ago, as my kid wasn't particularly fascinated by the set in the first place. As random play as loose parts? yes! But putting them together to create a pattern? no! 

My mantra to make *anything* interesting is adding paint! (I'm guessing I'll be doing that to teach him division, multiplication, history and geography too!) 


The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram



What's cool is that these puzzle pieces are made of plastic, so any amount of tempera paint sprayed over it can be washed off even days after drying. He *can* put them together to form houses and trains though. So thats what we did. And before he moved on to something else, I pulled out the spray bottles and sprayed over them to make fabulous silhouettes! We. love. spray. paint!


The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram

This served as a drawing prompt too- as he then grabbed a marker and casually added doors, chimneys etc. He tried it the other way around too! First made his drawings, or writings (his name , cat, mat etc) and spray painted tangram silhouettes over them to add a final touch! And even made silhouettes over dry paintings that already had some paint sprayed over it!

Materials Reqd: Tangram pieces, Buttons or Pebbles for round shapes, Spray Bottles, Paint, Markers & Paper, and an Apron - as the paint can spray all over!

The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram: DIY Tangram Puzzle Board
DIY Tangram Train Puzzle!

The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
Step 1: Arrange the Tangram Pieces Step 2: Spray some!
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
Step 3: Carefully remove the Tangram Pieces and allow paint to dry

The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
Step 4: The canvas now serves as a drawing prompt! Draw doors, windows, chimneys  for houses!
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
So within a few minutes you can have a finished product!
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
Why just houses, when you can spray paint silhouettes of clouds, sun & trees too!
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
Simple Flowers. Made him draw a circle first, so he could arrange the Tangram Pieces around it with ease. He then drew the stem & outlined the petals. 
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
Pebble Catterpillar! He drew the legs, eye and antennae 
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
That was him, nana & nani & me! Why not add some silhouettes too!
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram


The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
He figured how to write M! so here's his name, albeit not in one line! 
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram

The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
We were experimenting with painting on cardboard. "Cat" is his fave  word to write these days!
The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram

The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram
A sheet with dried spray paint already on it (vertical easel). Added some silhouettes 

The Practical Mom: Paint with Tangram




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35 comments:

  1. I love your mantra - paint does make everything more fun, doesn't it? ;) How did you use for the spray paint? I love how it came out!

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  2. Great idea! Funny you posted about this - I just found my old tangram set at my mom's house! :)

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  3. I was contemplating stencil painting today, but I like this better, no tangrams to hand but I think we could bodge something!! #parentingpinitparty PIN: @thefreerangefamily

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    1. We use stencils too! But spraying is more fun :)

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  4. That's a great idea and they make lovely creative pictures. :)

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  5. What a fun and creative project! Love it!

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  6. This is so great! What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. What fun the kids will be having your clever idea, perfect summer idea.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  8. fun and beautiful! I was always told you can't have fun if you don't make a mess and this looks super messy! Something to try with the grands for sure :) Tanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle!

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  9. Hello! I found you via Pintastic Pinteresting Party. Congratulation for your website and for the great work you are doing! I just love your ideas for kids...I will use them for sure in my free time to have fun with my 4 years old son.
    Regards,
    Sinziana

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  10. thanks for sharing your lovely paint with Tangram, the colors are so lively, thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire, would it be possible to add this party to you list, Hugs Maria

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    1. I will, I dunno how did it get missed out

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  11. Fabulous project!
    Congrats - you are one of our Featured Guests at this week's inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy!

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  12. This looks like a lot of fun! :) Thanks for linking up at "A Little Bird Told Me" Wednesday link party! :)

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  13. I love this idea! Paint does make everything more fun. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. Awesome colours!!! I am so not crafty, but I reckon I remember this stuff at school. Good on you. #bigpinklink

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  15. This is a great idea, I cannot wait to present this to my kids this afternoon. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Can I come over and play, oh, and bring my kids too? #BigPinkLink

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  17. What a great and fun idea! We could use our pattern blocks for this too. Pinned.

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  18. Fab idea and a great way to freshen up a new toy. Filing this away for future use- thanks!

    #fartglitter

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  19. Love this idea! I love the colours you have used to so bright and uplifting! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this lovely x

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  20. Oh this looks so much fun, brilliant idea! What a fun thing to do with your little ones...thanks so much for linking with #dreamteam xx

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  21. Thank you so much for your lovely comments!! :)

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  22. I featured this project on A Little Bird Told Me Link party. I loved it. Great idea. I have boys who are going to love this project. Thanks for sharing.

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