Activity Introduction

Let’s have fun scratching out a colourful picture and uncovering a bright world underneath! This easy activity will be sure to amaze you if you are just learning to use your crayons and make your mark on the world. You can use simple ingredients found in your house to complete this activity. 

Safety advice: The last step requires an object to scratch out the picture; the example has used metal skewers but you could also use the wrong end of the spoon to avoid poking any eyes out! Using non-toxic water based paint is safer to use than other more heavy duty kinds of paints.

This is a great one to do together as a family. 

Young kids will need supervision.

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 4

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • get messy 
  • playtime 
  • brain teasers 
  • be creative 

Time required: 30 minutes with waiting time in between

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity involves some paint so it’s helpful to have a nice area prepared for your kid/s before they begin. You can reuse some old paper or use up old pastels! Once you are done with the drawing, unfortunately this can’t be put into the recycling bin because of the wax in the oil pastels. Please note that you could also use other colours of paint that aren’t black!

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • EYLF – Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Resources Required

  • Black acrylic paint (or something water based/non-toxic)
  • Container 
  • Metal skewer or spoon
  • Oil pastels
  • Paint brush
  • Paper
  • Plate for the paint
  • Spare paper to put underneath the artwork when painting

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Scratch The Picture - Activity Instructions

Let’s have fun scratching out a colourful picture and uncovering a bright world underneath! This easy activity will be sure to amaze you if you are just learning to use your crayons and make your mark on the world. You can use simple ingredients found in your house to complete this activity.

Safety advice: The last step requires an object to scratch out the picture; the example has used metal skewers but you could also use the wrong end of the spoon to avoid poking any eyes out! Using non-toxic water-based paint is safer to use than other more heavy duty kinds of paints.

Part A: Prepare Your Activity 

Step 1. Get some paper and colour it in with oil pastels. Try to make sure you cover the whole piece of paper with colour and use lots of different colours all over the paper!

Step 2. Prepare your painting area. Ask your parent/caregiver to help you with this. Put some old newspaper or other old spare paper underneath your activity. Get a

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