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Saturday, 01 January 2000

Sponge Painting

Written by  Esther Boylan Wolfson

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Here is a very simple activity that I have seen packaged commercially for about 5 times the cost of doing it with materials you already have at home.

Appropriate for ages:
Two and Up

Time needed:
15 minutes


1. Sponges
2. Different color paints
3. Paper (or regular) plates to hold the paint
4. Construction paper (or a thicker paper)


1. Cut the sponges into different shapes.

Start with basic shapes such as circle, square and triangle. If these are too simple, you can choose higher level shapes -- oval, rectangle, octagon etc... If you have a kindergarten child, you might want to let him/her try to cut them out independently.

2. Put some paint into each plate.

You do not need a lot of paint for this to work! Put a little at a time on the plate and avoid a big mess.

3. Have your child put the sponges into the paint and then onto a piece of construction paper (or heavier paper).

4. Talk about the names of the colors and shapes he is using. Have him tell you what he is making. ("A red square" or a "yellow triangle").


* Give your child two sheets of paper. Ask her to put specific shapes or colors onto each paper. For example all the red shapes on one and the blue shapes on another. Or, all the triangles on one sheet and all the circles on another.

* You can cut out basic objects from sponges. The commercial products do a better job of this, but simple shapes like a car or a house can be made without professional help

* Have your child make various objects out of the sponge shapes. For example, let him think of how to make a house out of a square and a triangle or a car out of a circle, rectangle and a square. If your child is not ready to do this on her own, then show your child how to do it or help her do it.

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Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Wolfson , director of our Early Childhood Development Center is an Early Childhood Specialist, who received her BA in English Communications from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University and an MA in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, both in New York City. Esther worked as a pre-school special education teacher for seven years. Three of those years were spent working in a school for language delayed pre-schoolers, which is her area of specialty. Another special love of hers is cooking with young children. One of her most enjoyable projects was developing a program for cooking with pre-school children for three special education programs. Esther and her husband Myles have three boys aged eight, five and two-years-old. While her three lively boys and her work at WholeFamily, keep her quite busy, in her spare time (if she ever has any!) she is an avid reader who also enjoys creative writing, exercising and swimming.

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