H@H Kids Edition: Summer Break! Sponge Painting (Episode 17)

Create this project along with Lisa!
Instructional video will premiere on the Museum’s YouTube Channel on Saturday, August 1 at 10 am.

Project Overview:

First, we will learn how to use sponges as an art tool and then create a unique work of art! After getting inspired by our surroundings, we will get creative and make our own artwork using our new technique.


  • paper (white paper and colored papers)
  • pencil
  • sponges
  • sharpie
  • coloring materials
  • paper plates
  • tempera paint
  • scissors
  • paper towels

Key Concepts:

  • sponge technique
  • imagination
  • details
  • texture

Step-by-step Instructions:

  • Use your imagination to think about what plants and animals you would find living under water!
  • Choose a color you would like to use for the water. Peel the paper off your crayon.
  • If you are outside, lean your paper either on the driveway or sidewalk for added texture.
  • Hold the crayon sideways and rub it across your paper to create the background color.
  • Using colored paper, cut out skinny, squiggly pieces of paper for your seaweed.
  • Glue your seaweed onto the background. Make sure it touches the bottom!
  • Color in other objects you might find at the bottom of a pond or lake. It could be things like stones or shells.
  • Next, on your sponge, have an adult help you draw a fish or underwater creature. Then carefully cut around each drawing and you will have a custom sponge to stamp with!
  • Pour out a small amount of paint on a paper plate. Each color that you would like to use should have it’s own plate.
  • Carefully, hold your sponge at the top, and gently dip it into the paint. Wipe the excess paint off on a paper towel first. Now you are ready to begin stamping!
  • Make as many underwater friends as you would like! Be sure to wash your sponge when changing colors.
  • Once your paint dries, you can always go back in and add more details with your crayons.
  • TIP: Make sure to rinse out your sponges when you are done so you can save them and use them again in the future!


Please share photos of your finished works of art with us on social media and we will post some of our favorites here. And check back next week for our next project! #HeckscheratHome #MuseumfromHome