Here’s a lovely classroom display idea for a windy March afternoon in Keystage 1:
The background was done onto sheets of A3 white paper with a technique called “bagging”. It’s messy 🙂
- Shallow containers, Plastic paint roller trays work well
- Blue and white paint (the kind that comes in squeezy bottles) Water it down a little if it seems thick.
- Crumpled up plastic carrier bags.
- Lots of newspaper
- Aprons for the kids
- 3 helpers – or to be very fast on your feet!
- Space to put the paper to dry flat. You don’t want drips.
- Music – optional but fun 🙂
- Set up 3 trays of paint.
- Dark blue
- Light blue (mix some white with it)
- 3 tables with a small group of children at each and one tray.
Crumple up a carrier bag to make a ball, dip it in the dark blue paint, push it down on the flat bit of the paint tray (if you’ve used one) or onto some newspaper to remove some of the paint and then print onto the paper by dabbing it quickly. You want the bag fairly dry, not overloaded with paint.
- Remove and replace with the next bit of paper.
I said it was messy!
- The paper is then moved to the light blue table and the process repeated.
- Finally it moves to the white table and repeat.
- Paper is removed to flat surface to dry.
- When all done and dry select best ones for background. Lettering can either be cut from spare sheets or clouds can be cut to show background through.The same technique can be used with shades of grey to make clouds.
Or even surf 🙂