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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 5, 2003 - Issue 84


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Fly Swatter Painting

Mary Ann from Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., has generously allowed us to share some of her art and craft ideas with you. You can find more activities on her site at

Many of you are on spring break. Here's a fun project that should be done outside. (This art activity goes right "off the scale" on our Messy Meter! Prepare your art area accordingly!)


  • butcher paper or craft paper
  • tape or rocks
  • tempera paint
  • shallow containers
  • clean fly swatters
  1. Unroll butcher or craft paper on a table, floor, or the lawn. Tape corners down, or weight with rocks.
  2. Pour paint into shallow containers.
  3. Place the pans of paint around the edges of the paper with a fly swatter in each pan.
  4. Press the fly swatter in the paint, gently lift out, and slap against the paper to make prints. Keep swatting until the prints begin to fade, then re-dip and make more prints. HINT: Most of the paint that flips off the fly swatter occurs when first lifted from the paper. It tends to stick a bit and then let go, flipping paint when it releases. Artists also tend to want to slap the swatters in the paint pans like they do on the paper, and may need reminding to only press or dip the swatters in paint, and slap away freely on the paper.
  5. When the paper is filled with fly swatter designs and prints, let it dry where it is, or move the paper to a drying area, roll out more paper, and start again!
  6. When done, rinse the fly swatters and pans for another day.


  1. Slap a fly swatter onto a table covered with shaving cream and see what happens! Stand back! You may need to wear goggles or sunglasses!

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