Arts & Crafts

Stencil Painting with Sponge Texture

sumana Submitted by: sumana

Child gets to make stenciled artwork while improving hand and eye coordination and fine motor skills.

20 minutes
24 - 48 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots


  • 1 Kitchen sponges (soft)
  • 2 Watercolor paints (dilluted, one color will do)
  • 3 Stencil or thin cardboard to make a stencil (animals, teddy bears, dinosaurs)
  • 4 Paper (white)
  • 4 Paper clips ((also called jump clips))
  • 1 Scissors


  1. Prep: Adult to make a stencil of any animal, dinosaur or whatever the child likes. This can be done with scissors on thin cardboard or a thicker piece of paper.
  2. Attach the stencil on a white sheet with the help of paper clips (jump clips).
  3. Cut a small piece of the sponge that a child can hold.
  4. If dry, add a little water to the watercolor paint. Then ask the child to hold the sponge and dip it in the watercolor paint.
  5. Ask the child to dab the inside of the stencil.
  6. Repeat multiple times until interior stencil area is filled with color.
  7. Take off the stencil and allow the paint to dry.
Tips & Tricks
Let the child practice dabbing on rough sheet before dabbing on stencil area.

Developmental skills