Whilst my son was having some free play time I cut the tubes into different patterns ready to paint with. If you have an older child they could practise their scissor skills by cutting the patterns themselves. I then explained to my son that we were going to dip the toilet roll holders into the paint and then stamp them onto the paper.
He enjoyed this activity and was saying different words that the stamps looked like – he did a yellow stamp with the tube and said it was the sun! He also practised naming his colours as he was choosing them. Really quick to set up and not much mess afterwards as the the paper plates and toilet roll holders can go straight into the rubbish bin.
Paint, from the Early Learning Centre at the Avenues
White paper, from Office Depot at the Avenues
Toilet roll holders/tubes
Paper plates (to put the paint on) you could use regular bowls or plates but paper plates means less cleaning up – they can go straight into the bin when you have finished!
Messy Play Mat, from the Early Learning Centre at the Avenues