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Cardboard Abstract Art


Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas


Today I am going to share with you an abstract art idea that we took out with us to do after a picnic this week. I always keep a stash of cardboard handy as there is so many things that you can make and create with it. Using just a few strips of tape we all created a lovely piece of artwork that was super fun to make!

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As of late I have been thinking of activities we can enjoy whilst out and about. We are in the summer holidays at the moment so we have been venturing out to places with a picnic and in a bid to fill the days a bit more and be able to stay out longer at the places we visit I am finding packing a couple of activities like this to do really does keep the children content. 

I have a 7 year old and twin boys who are 4. They both really enjoyed doing this and so did me and my Mom who joined us too. 


Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas


All you will need is a strip of cardboard for each person taking part. I cut some card up in different shapes and sizes. We used some of our craft tape to section off the canvas. 

It was perfect as it stuck down enough for us to do the activity but it wasn't stuck down too much which meant it was easy to complete the final stage of this activity.


Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas


Once you have sectioned off your card using either craft tape or masking tape begin to decorate the card. We used our paint sticks. I can't recommend these enough! We take ours everywhere with us and they last for so long too! You can get them directly from us in our play shop

There are lots of different paint sticks you can buy - day glow, classic and metallic. Today we used metallic. We also used these Metallic Paint Sticks when we made our Nature Binoculars recently.


Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas


You can colour the sections in block colours or you can choose to do rainbow colours like one of my boys did. Make sure you colour in all of the sections for it to look more effective. 

Paint sticks take a few minutes to dry so we left them aside for a few minutes and carried on with our bat and ball games before returning to finish off this activity. 

Once all the paint has dried you can start to remove the tape. Carefully lifting it up at the ends and stripping it off the cardboard. This is why you need tape that wont tear or rip the cardboard as you will risk tearing into your colourings. 


Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas


Masking tape would also work well but it is much thicker than the craft tapes we used. 

Carefully peeling all the tape back left us with a wonderful piece of abstract artwork. Lovely little activity and was enjoyed by children as young as 4 years old and as old as 60! 


Lets see this activity in action:




Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas


We are planning to give this activity a go again outdoors using our chalk sticks and some masking tape. 
Have you tried some abstract art before? What other art techniques do you enjoy?

I look forward to sharing lots more activity ideas like this with you that can be easily taken out and about with you. As I said above its really making a difference to length of time we are staying at places. We have easily doubled out time by taking bits and bobs that the children enjoy doing and engaging with.


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Cardboard Abstract Art Early Years and Forest School Ideas



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