I love sharing kids activities that don't take a long time to set up and can incorporate items you already have at home. For this fun Painting with Circles art activity, you'll use disposable cups to create bold artwork. This would be a great art project to do with a shape study. You can also check out our DIY Shape Stickers for more inspiration.
Why kids will love circle painting
- Easy to make with supplies they already have at home
- Fun, open ended painting activity similar to this Slide Painting Activity.
- Simple to personalize by changing up the colors
- Easel paper or large white construction paper
- Tempera paint in various colors
- Cups and bottle caps in different sizes
- Paper plate
How to make circle art
Gather some disposable cups in various sizes. You can use lids or even paper tubes. Anything that will provide you with a variety of circle sizes will make the painting more interesting. A solo cup makes a nice large circle. Bottle caps are great for a small circle or tiny circle. Cut a large sheet of easel paper and spread it out on a work surface.
Use a paper plate or a plastic tray to set up a palette. Squirt some colors of paint onto the paper plate and spread them around a bit, careful not to mix the colors. We used orange, red, green and pink though you can use whatever colors you want.
Grab a cup (it doesn't matter which one) and dip the end you would drink from in a color of the paint. You can start with whatever color you'd like.
Start stamping the cup on the paper in random places. My kids found that you can usually stamp 2-3 times before you need to reload the paint. The placement of the circles will change up the look of the painting.
Repeat the process with different sized cups and colors of paint. You can have them overlap, touch, or keep space between them. The beauty of painting with circles is that the options are limitless and you don't need a brush. When your painting dries, you can hang it or use it as a colorful and unique wrapping paper.
Frequently asked questions
This is a great activity for preschoolers on up.
At least 4 different sizes will give you a lot of variety and interest in your painting.
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