Take the plunge into plunger painting!

Plunger painting is one of those ideas that I have been putting off but after finding a set of small plungers at the Dollar Tree, I decided it was time to take the plunge and try some plunger painting with my preschool class…

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

To introduce plunger painting to my students, I brought a plunger into the classroom and we explored how it works just a bit. I showed the children how to push the plunger straight down on floor to see if we could make it stick! It didn’t stick all that great to our floor but the children got the idea and were excited to give the plungers a try on their own…

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

The first thing we needed to do was prepare our paint. The children helped me pour paint into our flat metal pans and then take all the prepared pans of paint outside to set up for our plunger painting…

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

Once we had all the paint ready to go, we spread a large sheet of butcher paper down across the drive and held the ends of it in place with rocks so that the wind wouldn’t blow the paper around.  I also went back and added some tape along the edge of the paper to help hold the paper in place…

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

And then it was time for the children to have at it! There was some problem solving to do along the way. For example, the children had to figure out how to keep the plunger from sticking to the bottom of our pans once they had paint on them. No worries, they figured out that they could just use a foot to hold the pan down and their hands to pull up on the plunger at the same time….

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

Once the children got the hang of it, they went to town painting all up and down our sheet of butcher paper…

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

All different colors of circles began to appear and then more were added on top….

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

This really was all about the process and not so much about creating circles. The children loved seeing how they could maneuver the plungers as they painted with them…

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

All through the morning, the children came and went from the plunger painting area (We had other outdoor activities going on as well).  This little one discovered that she could use two plungers to jump over our painting! ….

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

This was definitely an outdoor art experience that was fun, inventing, creative, and worth doing again. So have you taken the plunge into plunger art yet? Really, you don’t want to miss this one!

Take the Plunge and try Plunger Painting! by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-07-21T11:59:36+00:00July 21st, 2014|

About the Author:

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.

2 Comments

  1. Brittany September 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Looks like a lot of fun!! I was wondering though if their shoes were full of paint by the end or if it wasn’t so bad? Or did you ask parents to send some shoes they didn’t mind getting dirty?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 27, 2014 at 7:56 am - Reply

      They did have paint on the bottom of their shoes but my parents send their children prepared for preschool messy art:)

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