I’ve got another fun Aussie activity for you! This wattle art was actually JJ’s idea, inspired by our bottlebrush paintings that we shared yesterday, and also from the memory of Bee and I using the same yellow glitter glue a few months back, for our wattle collages. (I just love it when the girls extend upon my ideas to come up with their own – that’s the aim of the game!)
For our Aussie Wattle Art, we used:
- blue watercolour paint
- green and yellow acrylic paints
- yellow glitter glue
- mini pom poms
- clothes peg
- general art supplies (thick paper, brushes, paint tray etc)
- black acrylic paint (optional)
JJ and I did this project collaboratively. She’s 5.5 years old, and normally would be able to do most of this project by herself, except I’m cutting her some slack at the moment, because she’s recently had surgery on her right (dominant) hand, and isn’t allowed to use it. We’d also had one of ‘those days’, so to prevent her getting too frustrated, I helped out whenever she asked.
The first step in this project, was to paint the background blue with watercolours. (We have a set of Micador discs that I love, similar to these). JJ tried to do this step herself (twice), but wasn’t happy with the results, and asked if I could step in and do it again for her. (Usually I would encourage her to keep trying, or be content with her earlier attempts – but we have to pick our battles, and it wasn’t the right day for that particular conversation…)
The next step was to paint the green leaves, and again JJ asked for my help. (See above about battles).
Once the background and leaves were dry, the next step was to paint the wattle flowers. JJ came up with the idea of using mini pom poms as a stamp, and I added a peg for a handle. This was easy enough for JJ to do with her left hand, and she really enjoyed it. The haphazard way that wattle grows means that there’s no need for precision – you can pretty much dab anywhere and it will look good!
Once the yellow was (mostly) dry, JJ went over the wattle flowers with our ‘pom pom stamper’ again, this time using bright yellow glitter glue, adding a touch of sparkle which, we think, looks like wattle pollen glinting in the sunshine.
And last, but not least, JJ painted on her signature black birds in the sky. She’s starting to learn about the relationship between perspective, size and distance. Plus painting birds is fun!
Even though it was a collaborative effort, I’m still going to call this JJ’s art. It was her idea, and she did all the glory parts. 🙂
With Australia Day coming up, you might also like some of the other Aussie activities we’ve done previously on Danya Banya. (Click on any of the images below to go through to that post).
Or for some fun Aussie science ideas, we’ve also written these posts on our sister site, Go Science Kids:
And wishing everyone a happy Australia Day for the 26th!!
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