Fly Swatter Painting

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This art project is messy, so you’re going to want to take it outside. But I can happily report that it’s worth the effort!

I placed a long sheet of craft paper on our back patio, securing the corners with heavy rocks so it wouldn’t blow away. (As an alternative, you could clip craft paper to a fence or other outdoor surface that is upright).

Then I set out a tray with several different colors of metallic craft paint. You’ll need a nice puddle of paint for this project to work well, so don’t worry if the colors mix together.

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I dipped our fly swatter in the paint, making sure to coat it evenly, then showed Veronika how to say “Whap!” and slap it down hard on the craft paper.

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Well of course now “Whap!” was the most fun thing in the world to say.

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Dip and whap, dip and whap, dip and whsp.

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She loved every bit of this project, both dipping the fly swatter in paint, and seeing the marks she made.

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She wanted to whack the fly swatter against the rocks, too!

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Her little feet paraded all around the craft paper, making sure she covered her big canvas.

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As a bonus, our fly swatter happens to be flower-shaped, so it made beautiful prints!

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This project likely won’t get you a lasting work of art. But Veronika sure loved the process!

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