How to do string roll painting
An EYFS arts and crafts activity| October 2022
When did you last stand on level 2 room 12 at the Tate modern and think, “my two-year-olds could have done that”. Those abstract impressionist pieces so nicely framed which sell for millions at auction may still be within budget for your nursery. Get the two-year-olds involved!
String rolling painting is a fun and easy activity for kids of all ages. All you need is a cardboard roll, some paint, paper, and a string.
Experimenting with different colours of paint facilitates creativity and exploration. Add some glitter, or other mediums to encourage self-expression.
Introduce geometry concepts. New vocabulary: parallel and perpendicular lines, vertical and horizontal.
Instructions with pictures
To do string-roll-painting you need
- Cardboard tubes (e.g. carpet tubes, Pringles cans, toilet rolls)
Roll the string around the cardboard tube.
Squirt some paint onto the tray. Two to three colours for best results.
Roll your wrapped cardboard tube around in the paint.
Apply the paint onto the paper by rolling your painty tube around. Continue experimenting with different colours, and roll the tube in different directions.
If you have a room full of “artists”, increase the value of your finished masterpieces by creating a framed art collage.
There’s a seasonal masterpiece for your wall. Parents will think they stumbled into an exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s Cage paintings.