Shaving Foam Prints

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I’ve been looking forward to trying this for a while now and a little gap in our afternoon provided the perfect chance to throw it together.

You will need:

shaving foam
and old tray
food colouring
paper
thick card (to scrape away excess foam)
a stick, paint brush, old pencil or fingers!
optional: newspaper, damp cloth, old clothes

I set up some shaving foam in an old oven tray, drizzled it with food colouring and made sure the paper was close by. I threw some old clothes on the kiddo and myself, grabbed an old pencil for swirling the colours and we were away!

Pebble had a ball swirling those colours around and around, I think she would have been happy to do that all day. Then came the printing! Pebble was able to press the paper onto the foam herself, with some instructions to press gently all over. Then I helped her to lift the paper off and scrape the excess foam away revealing an ooooooh-aaaaaaah inspiring print. We did about five prints, re-swirling inbetween, before the colours started to get really murky.

Tips: have an old damp cloth close by to wipe up mess and some folded paper or sturdy card to scrape off the excess foam from each print. You can also set up some sheets of old newspaper to put your prints while they dry. If your child has sensitive skin it might be best to avoid this activity, however Pebble is one of these sensitive ones and she had no worries. Use your own judgement!

Got a baby? This is not cool for babies. Everything goes in their mouths and shaving foam is not food, peeps! Try this sensory play idea instead.

Got a preschooler or a school kid? Try levelling off the foam and writing or drawing in it before making a print for a different effect. Use different objects (old toothbrush, comb, fork) to ‘draw’ in the foam before printing.

Got a classroom of school kids? Aren’t you brave to try this? But you can! Each child can have their own paper/plastic plate with a small amount of shaving foam and smaller pieces of paper for printing. Or set it up as a small group experience – I recommend no more than four at a time!

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Puffy Paint Pictures ~ Easter

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Making the most of Easter’s imminent arrival AND Pebble’s obsession with the Easter Bunny (“is it Easter day now, Mummy?”) I pulled out the old puffy paint trick. Have you ever tried this? It’s quick, easy, fun and effective.

Easter Puffy Paint Pictures

You will need:

  • paper (preferably thick paper or card)
  • a thick black texta
  • per colour: 1 tablespoon self raising flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, a few drops of food colouring, and enough water to make a paste
  • containers for your paint – you can use old yoghurt pots, an egg carton, or I have this nifty plastic one from Riot Art and Craft (I spend WAY too much time and money in that place).
  • newspaper for a surface you don’t mind getting messy (outside is good!)

1. In each container or paint well mix together the self raising flour, salt, food colouring and water until you have a thick paste consistency. If you’re in the mood your little one can help. On this occasion I chose to do the mixing myself – the paint wells are a little small and delicate on my palette to allow the enthusiastic mixing of a two year old.

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2. If you’re doing the Easter thing, draw a picture of something Easter-ish on the paper for your toddler to paint over. Or freestyle it and let them get creative on their own.

3. Spread the newspaper out and prepare to get stuck into it!

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4. Hand the paints and paint brush over to your toddler and let them go nuts. Pebble is quite a careful painter, she likes to be neat. However she soon discovered that slathering the puffy paint onto the newspaper is just as much fun as painting Easter pictures. If not more so.

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5. Together put the art work into the microwave and set it on high for about 20 seconds. This is a good time to get all educational and talk about the numbers, practice counting down to zero. Watch through the glass as the paint puffs up.

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6. Allow to cool a bit before taking it out of the microwave, then ask your toddler to choose somewhere to display their art.

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Got a baby? Try some puffy finger painting. I recommend you take it outside and have a bucket of warm soapy water handy along with a flannel or old cloth nappy for cleaning up.

Got a preschooler? This activity works just as well with preschoolers, but you could also ask them to draw their own Easter picture to paint.

Got a school kid? Help them to make their own paints, try experimenting with making different colours by mixing up your reds, blues and yellows. Encourage them to do a freestyle Easter picture.

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Easy Easter Bunting

Welcome to my little blog, and my inaugural post! The beginning of an institution, indeed…

This morning we had a Craftmergency! This means we needed CRAFT and we needed it NOW. Craftmergencies usually occur when Pebble is craving some one on one time and needs entertaining. Sure, I might have piles of washing and dishes to get to, meals to plan, teaching work to prep, but none of that is relevant to a two year old. A two year old who wants her mummy. I had been saving up some Easter ideas for this week (it’s not long until the Easter Bunny arrives!), and this was the perfect opportunity to implement my master plan (mwahahahahaha!).

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Sparkly Easter Banner

You will need:

4 pieces of A4 card in the colour(s) of your child’s choice
a pencil
scissors
Easter decorations (eg. table scatters, stickers, stamps, old Easter cards/pictures to cut and paste)
glue
string or ribbon
a hole punch (or scissors and coordination!)

Instructions:

1. draw your egg shape onto a piece of card and cut it out. Use this first egg  to trace around to make as many same sized eggs as you desire for your banner. Or go nuts and make a banner with different sized eggs – my, aren’t you creative!? Cut out all your eggs.

2. Hand the egg shapes, decorations and glue to your toddler and let them go for it.  We like mini glue sticks for little hands and minimised mess, but use whatever glue you have to hand. NOT super glue. Obviously. After a slow and careful start with some delicate placement of glittery bunnies, Pebble’s technique soon evolved into a more slather/sprinkle/splatter approach. Both were equally effective. Go with it, let them have fun.

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And yes, she’s still wearing her PJs mid morning. What of it?

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3. Pebble inserted this step, very important… put your eggs in the sun to dry.

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4. Use the hole punch to punch holes (duh!) through the top of each egg and thread your string or ribbon through each hole. You can tie each egg in place so they don’t all slip together in a bunch, or discover that you should perhaps have done that earlier and then use double sided tape to secure the eggs instead. It’s a win either way! At this point you should give in to the idea that the toddler is over this craft business and wants to play with the shiny purple ribbon instead. I repeat: go with it, let them have fun.

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5. Hang your Easter banner somewhere for you and your cherub to admire.

6. Go make yourself a cup of tea and pat yourself on the back for being tops as.

Got a baby? Try torn up pieces of coloured paper to stick on instead of tiny, sharpish, glittery bunnies. And stay in charge of the glue!

Got a preschooler? Encourage them to make patterns and and add extra details, and get them to cut out their own eggs or decorations with appropriate scissors.

Got a school kid?  Ask them to draw and cut out their own egg shapes and make their own decorations out of card, tissue paper and the $2 shop basket (you know, beads, feathers, flowers, pipecleaners, ribbons, popsticks). They could also create bunny head shapes to alternate with the egg shapes on the banner.

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