Creating Aboriginal Art using Pom Poms


We have been reading my all-time favourite book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. The endearing story is about a boy who turned from a reluctant learner to an inspired artist! My girl was so captured by the story that she said she wanted to make dots and create art. My mind somehow wandered to the art method of aboriginal art, where I remembered the aboriginal artwork I saw during my time living in Sydney, Australia.

1. Samples Of Aboriginal Art

As a tuning-in activity, I showed her some aboriginal art and we talked about the dots of different sizes and colours that make up the image.

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2. Materials

I thought about how to make dots on paper, and the idea of using poms poms and pegs struck me. So this simple setup consist of:

1. pom poms

2. Clothes pegs

3. paint

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4. Dot painting templates


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Since my little girl’s interest is in princesses, I sourced out these templates online of Belle and Cinderella. With all the materials set up, she knew at one glance that we were going to make dots.

3. Demonstration

Showing her how to use the clothes pegs to secure the pom pom, and dipping into the paint was my favourite part. My little artist wore  the look of wonder on her face.

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This activity is so great in developing fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. The array of colours allow for choice and the child gets to learn how to focus and complete the dot painting independently.

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If you have this little paint pots, it is also great for this art process, and less messy! Just dip the pom poms in!!

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4. Creating her own aboriginal art!

Once she has gained confidence and developed mastery on how to make the dot prints, we then proceeded to creating our own aboriginal artpiece.

She wanted to make a fish, and with the outline I drew out, she traced the lines with dots, and filling in the spaces with more dots! Very soon, the picture of the fish emerged.

It was so rewarding seeing whole art process of her exercising her own autonomy of the choice of colours, the intrinsic motivation of seeing her project completed!

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Why not try this simple and beautiful way of creating and appreciating art forms with your little one? 🙂


Making a book of shapes!

We have been reading books on shapes and as an extension of the activities on shapes, I decided to help my girl create her own book of shapes.

Preparing the Materials

To create the book, I first cut out the stencils for the different shapes like circle, triangle, star, etc.


To make the template for the book, I simply folded three A4 papers into half, and stapled along the folded line.

Printing the shapes

To print the shape on each page, we used a sponge and dabbed some paint on the stencil. Then lift up the stencil and the shape is molded on the paper!

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Once she mastered the technique of printing the shapes with her sponge, she was fully engaged printing each different shape for each page. This simple activity reinforced her concepts of shapes, and provided opportunities to train her hand-eye coordination when printing the shapes with paint. She also needed to have steady hands and concentration in order for her to print the shape out with precision.

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This is the finished product of the learning process! My girl’s very own book of shapes compiled! She took so much pride in it that she read out her little book to her Daddy the moment he reached home. It was such a gratifying moment for me seeing my girl enjoying learning about shapes, and sharing the joy with others.


SNAP Game!

As for the stencils that were used after the art activity, you can reuse them to be like deck cards for a simple game of naming of the shapes! You can use it as a snap game!

Choose a shape, lay out the cards on a deck one by one, and ask your child to snap the correct shape!