Painting with Fly Swatters

This activity is not for the faint-hearted! It's messy and requires lots of space, but the results are fantastic!

Supplies You'll Need
- Fly swatters
- Tempera paint
- Thick easel paper If you can manage (and get the 'ok' from your director or administrators), set up your kids' easels in the school yard. This will save walls, ceilings, doors, etc. from the paint splatter that will likely ensue. Send a note home to parents asking them to pack a set of old clothes so that children won't mess up their nice ones. Arm each child with a fly swatter, some shallow containers of paint, and let the fun begin!

Teacher Tom likes to draw small flies onto each child's sheet so that they have something to 'aim' at. Additionally, as a pre- or post-spatter activity, Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth and Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch make excellent story-time material. Again, this activity is not for the faint-hearted, but the results can be frame-worthy!

Teacher Tom: Fly Swatter Painting!

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