Making your own paint swatters for preschool

I just love all the swatter painting that has been going on out there in preschool blog land and happened to be at school and noticed a teacher that had made her own swatters.

My niece and I thought we would make a few of our own swatters.

We used foam squares, straws, hole punches, and a stapler.  But I think you could use paper from other textures as well like sand paper, construction paper, and wall paper.

Just punch holes all around and throughout your squares.

Then staple your straw in the center leaving enough of the straw available for a handle to hold.

We dipped the swatters in the paint…..

And then swatted our paper…

The nice thing about using foam squares and straws is that our swatters were easily washable and we can use them on another day!

Just think of all the ways you could change this up. You could cut the foam into circles, hearts, and more!
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By |2010-08-01T06:00:59+00:00August 1st, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jen August 1, 2010 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Oh how fun! Clever way to make swatters at home. My older girls would even love this- 6 and 8. Thanks for sharing- love your website/ blog. So glad that I found it.


  2. Nadia August 2, 2010 at 11:12 am - Reply

    what a great idea!! I’m gonna try this hopefully today! My kids would love it.. I wish i had different types of hole punchers though, like stars!

  3. Maha September 1, 2010 at 2:55 am - Reply

    wow,it’s amazing
    i’ll do it in Addition to explain
    why we should make a hole?

    Thanks for sharing
    & keep going


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