Painting with acorns and an oatmeal container in preschool

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A fan on my Facebook page recently shared how you can use an oatmeal container for marble painting and I thought this was such a clever idea. I had never thought of it before so we  decided to try it with acorns as part of our fall theme.

We started off by putting a piece of paper in the oatmeal container. Then added some red, orange, brown, and yellow paint and a handful of acorns.

Next we put on the lid, making sure it would stay on securely, and then “shake, shake, shake.”

And “roll, roll, roll.”

As much as the children enjoyed rolling and shaking the container, they were just as excited to take off the lid to see their painted paper.

Something that I noticed, which I haven’t noticed before, was that after removing the paintings from the oatmeal container, the children are now using descriptive language to tell me about their paintings…

This little girl said, “I made a fall tree with leaves all around.”

This little boy said, “My picture looks like a big sky.”

So cool!

For more directions on how to do oatmeal container painting click here!

By the way…. Did you know that you can view all of the latest links I post on Facebook right here on my site?  Just look to the right side panel and you will see my Facebook badge. You can use the little scroll bar underneath the badge to scroll down and see all the latest links to preschool activities shared by so many terrific bloggers.

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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