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Cardboard Painting

Another simple activity..

Usually when we paint with kids we only use paper and sometimes an easel. I wanted to change things up so we used large pieces of cardboard.

I used two large pieces of cardboard (one for each kid) and gave them paint and paint brushes to start with. After they had been painting for a few minutes I pulled out some “trash” (we used toilet paper rolls cut in half, a dryer sheet, lids to old bottles and a plastic spoon). I let them get creative and use these objects to paint however they wanted. Brooklynn and I talked about the shapes we can make with some of the items (for example the toilet paper roll made an oval and the jar lid made a circle).

 

 

This was a fun way to spice up painting and let them really get creative.

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I knew my kids would be covered in paint, so I put them in swim suits so that they could just jump in the pool right after to wash off. Easy clean up!

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Cleaning off the paint in the pool is much more fun than a bath
art, Children

Paper Mache Eggs

The super messy activity I hinted at last week…this is it!

We have been working on this on and off for 5 days. It is by far the messiest activity we have done and Brooklynn loved it!

Paper Mache Recipe:

2 cups of water

1 cup of flour

 

THAT’S IT! (this recipe made 2 eggs)

 

I cut strips of newspaper and Brooklynn dipped them in the flour mixture and placed them on the balloon. I found that strips about 1 inch wide and 10 inches long worked the best. Cover the entire balloon with strips of newspaper THREE times.

Try to get the newspaper on the egg as smooth as possible. The pink egg I let Brooklynn take charge of. The newspaper was a little crinkled which caused bumps in the dry egg. Brooklynn is proud of her work (as am I), but if you are looking for an even, rounded  egg, definitely make sure all pieces are placed on as smooth as possible.

It took our eggs over 24 hours to dry, but I think that’s because Brooklynn was putting very wet pieces on the balloons instead of letting some of it drip off.

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Tip: cover the part of the balloon that you blow into (you can see we didn’t) the end result would have been better if we put the newspaper over it.

 

After letting the balloon egg completely dry, paint the entire thing white. We did this so that we were able to start our decorating with a clean blank canvas.

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Once the white paint dries use your choice in paints and whatever else you want to use and let the kids create!

Brooklynn and Bodie started with paint brushes but soon ditched the brushes for their hands and I think their eggs turned out awesome. Brooklynn added some glitter to hers (you could also add puff balls, buttons, etc)

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