Plastic Cutlery Painting

A very simple activity for children over the age of two to experiment making colourful creative patterns.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Paints in a variety of colours
  • Plastic cutlery


Provide the children with a variety of paints, and place a plastic knife, fork and spoon in each colour of paint. The children can use these to paint their own patterns and experiment with the different marks each make on the paper. As the children do this you could talk with them about the patterns or shapes they are making, as well as encouraging them to use each of the items in a different way to make different effects. For example the flat edge of the knife will make a different pattern from the serrated side.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Creative development
  • Mathematical development
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills

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