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Flies are a terrible nuisance, but I’m not a big fan of using fly swatters either (I can’t stand the thought of actually killing the pests myself. Hubby is more than welcome to do that job for me!) When I try getting rid of flies, I sing to them- “Shoo fly, don’t bother me!” As I try to usher them outside 😉 As part of a preschool play date we did around the book There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, our kids actually had the opportunity to use fly swatters for painting! It was such a fun way to paint that we’ve done it more than once already!

We drew a few simple flies onto a large piece of butcher paper as something for the kids to swat at 🙂
I poured a bit of paint on a cookie tin. I like the way it allowed all the colors to blend together a bit as the kids painted.
You can choose to leave the butcher paper on the ground, or you can hang it outside. We chose to hang it and had a blast!
You’ll definitely want to wear play clothes and make sure the paint is washable, because there may be a few misplaced swats (see exhibit A on the back of my son’s shirt!)
This is a super fun way to make cooperative art! Look at how fun and colorful their swatter painting looks!
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17 thoughts on “Fly Swatter Painting”

  1. Here’s another one to try with the kids; wrap a rubber band around a stalk of celery and slice with a knife leaving two Bunches of celery. It looks like a rose after you paint the ends and stamp it on a shirt or paper.

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