Art Activities : Lazy Day Electronic Art

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Art activities: motorized toothbrush art.

If you try this art activity, you will witness some tricks an electronic toothbrush can do –  the way it can paint. Yes, toothbrush painting done by a toothbrush.

Continuing with the toothbrush art activity, we did another art project using motorized toothbrush – the battery operated one with vibrating bristles.

Accidents that turn into art activities are simply the best. Yesterday the spilled water on the black paper gave us a better colors. Few weeks ago the kids left a motorized toothbrush on during an art activity and that gave us an idea for another project. An idea I saved specifically for a lazy day!

You know summer has been great with play dates, park, beach, ice creams and movies. After a while I burned out and wanted to take it easy at home in our backyard. But the kids are a different story, they want to do something fun and I really did not want to create elaborate art activities. I whipped out this easy project for that kind of day alone.

You will need only liquid water colors, a table (outdoor) and an electronic toothbrush. We used an Oral-b Pulsar toothbrush to make the little guy paint for us..

Pulsar Tooth Brush

In case you are wondering we used an old pulsar toothbrush.

materials for the tooth brush paint project

Notes: For this to work, you need a very smooth and a flat surface. Too many layers of paper will make it harder for the brush to move.Art Activities I covered my outdoor table with a sheet of butcher paper and started this fun art activity.

My preschooler dipped the brush into liquid water colors and placed he brush face down on the paper and watched it in excitement. The brush vibrates and makes a nice smooth movement around the table.

moving art actvity

 The brush would begin to form a semi-circle and she would slowly nudge it to form a full circle. Couple of times the brush moved around and did form a perfect circle all by itself. Here are the three beautiful circles we created.

circles made with pulsar tooth brush

She explored with many colors and tried forming overlapping circles.

concentric circles tooth brush art

 It was truly FUN to watch the toothbrush move around and paint by itself.  She also re dipped her brush with paint every now and then to keep the color going. You will see that the top bristles are the ones which are mostly making the marks.

moving around the tooth brush

She got the brush to make swirly lines patterns.

painting with tooth brush

The child can be as much or as little involved in this electronic painting art activity. Of course most kids would want to be VERY much involved. It also showed my kid to make very minimal and gentle movements to get the best result.

lines made with tooth brush

A cool variation: Try to collect many electronic toothbrushes and let them ALL SPIN at the same time with different colors. OOh I’d love to try that! I would consider this as one of Easy Art Activities (or lazy!)

 brush marks

Recap of notes:

Flat. smooth surface with minimal cover on the table

Thin paints- best bet liquid water colors

Dip with colors during the process to keep the continuity of colors.

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  1. JayNine

    Ok, you’ve seriously got me SOO excited for warmer weather! I just showed my 4.5yr old the pictures your girl made and she’s super excited! I think we might even add this to an outdoor activity with ALL her friends as a Giant Card for her Birthday upcoming!!!! I LOVE your blog and ideas. Thank you so much,

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  2. Karen Ganon

    My third graders study live snails. We let the snails paint. They wander all over the paper leaving a slime trail. Afterwards, we go over their random trails with markers, glitter, etc… Fun!

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