Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting

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I wanted to see if I could get some kids to co-operate together to make a Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting art project. This can be difficult for a variety of reasons; managing a group of children to work together and convincing children to share their art can be tricky.

It actually worked out better than expected and the Co-operative Shapes and Colors Paintings look pretty great.

Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting
Kids learn about shapes, colors & co-operating with this easy Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting art project for kids.
Materials for your Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting:
  • Canvases or very sturdy paper
  • Painters tape
  • Paint
  • Painting Utensils
  • Shape Stamps

Instructions for your Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting:

You will need a large work area covered with paper.

Apply the tape to make a continuous pattern across the canvases. Have one canvas per child. We had four kids so we used four canvases.

Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting Instructions

Give each child one color of paint. Have them paint one area of the canvas and pass it to the next child when they are done. Keep painting and passing until all the areas are painted.

Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting Instruction

Once the base paint is dry give each child one color and one shape stamp. We made our shape stamps out of potatoes. Have the kids stamp their shapes on one area, then pass the painting to the next child. Repeat until all the areas that you want stamped are stamped.

Co-operative Shapes and Colors Paintings

We had an extra canvas so we passed that canvas around and had each child stamp their shapes five times.

Co-operative Shapes and Colors Painting

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19 Comments




  1. Lots of activities. I think for this particular page, I will color the ears before Eli gets it, as a hint for him before he can read.

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  2. Love the idea of kids working together to create something beautiful! Great post! Thank you for linking up at the #ThoughfulSpotBlogHop this week! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for hosting #ThoughfulSpotBlogHop!

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    1. Thanks! We had fun.

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  3. This is such a beautiful idea and it turned out so well!!! I will wait until my two and three year old are at a less combative stage in their lives and then I will definitely try this. It warmed my heart to see how well it turned out!

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    1. It may be a good idea to wait until the kids are a little older or you may have a very different outcome. 😉

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  4. Omg how cool Are these!?!?! They can out so good!

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    1. Honestly, CourtneyLynne, I was a little surprised that the kids were able to cooperate so well and get a good result.

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  5. What a great idea! I can’t wait for my little one to grow a bit more so we can do some arts and crafts.

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  6. I love how you made little characters out of the shapes. What a fun and engaging way to involve everyone in a project. Love it.

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  7. I love that the children cooperated to make this gorgeous art. The process and end result are amazing. Off to pin.

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