Spongy Mural Painting

I have this huge roll of table paper in my garage and I have been waiting so long for a good weather day to use it.  I wanted my girls to be able to paint on it without the colors being all mixed and turning brown. To solve this problem, I decided to use foam sponges cut into 2-inch squares. I put one or two sponges into each color, each color having it's own container. I used paper hot dog trays left over from a birthday party.  These worked great because I could add a little water to the paint to stretch it a little. 

The only problem we really ran into was the wind, so I recommend doing this on a calm day. It was a little tricky taping the paper onto the garage door because the paper was a bit thin and easily tore.  The wind also  kept blowing over the paint trays.  Luckily most of the paint stayed in the tray, but we did have a little spillage. I also would only do this project with washable paint because even with paint smocks, we ended up with it between toes and on clothing. We used washable Crayola kids paint.

After the painting was dry, which was pretty quick, I was able to cut each child's section apart and put their mural on their wall.  Let me tell you, such a bright large painting really cheers up a room.  It looks great on their walls!

Thumbprint Art

Several years back I was taking a calligraphy class and attended a couple of the Utah Calligraphy Guild's meetings. One activity we did involved Ed Emberley's thumb-print art. Basically the idea is that anyone can create a great piece of artwork out of a simple thumb-print so I let my kids test this out. Here's a couple of our results:

Road Trip

Road trip season is upon us...how are you going to keep your kids from being "bored" for hours upon hours in the car? This year as we set out I plan on giving my kids each an allotted amount of tickets, then as needed they can use their tickets to "buy" an activity. Some of the things we are planning on doing this year include:

Pipe cleaner creations

Magnetic mosaics

I have found simple cookie sheets to be especially helpful in the car. They are great for these magnetic activities and just about any other project they want to work on while riding in the car. And when it comes to be snack time, they're great for that also. Another plus to cookie sheets is they're so easy to store when the kids don't want anything on their lap.

Scratch art

We haven't tried this yet, but it looks like it would be loads of fun. The one I bought also came with stencils to give their imaginations a kick start. And of course, we will bring along some new coloring books and stickers. Hopefully this will help get us through the 20+ hours I know we will all be spending together in the car.

Rock Buddies

Since my oldest child started first grade, it seems that a lot of our at-home creating stopped. I felt guilty doing art projects while she was away and leaving her out of something she loves to do. When she would come home from school, there were so many things to get done that we didn't do many fun things then, either. I am getting over that feeling now, and we are starting to have MUCH more fun together at home. My two youngest girls are now learning and growing so much with the projects and fun play we are engaging in.

The other day my Maisy wanted to create her own rock pets, inspired from some rock bugs she created at a craft camp last summer. We have a ton of rocks in our backyard so we selected our favorites, washed them off and they painted them according to their own imaginations. Here's how they looked:


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