My daughter is our little artist. She really enjoyed the Chalk Paint we made, but she wanted to bring out the nicer (and smaller) paint brushes. So, I mixed up a smaller amount of the Chalk Paint recipe and let her at it with a fine tipped paint brush. It worked just as good as one of those store bought watercolor trays, but better! Better because it took out the step of having to dip the paint brush in water. That step always complicated things by making huge wet holes in the paper and then she would get really frustrated. She loves this and keeps asking to do it all the time!
What You Need:
- Food coloring
- Container(s) – cupcake tin, mini cups, empty egg carton, etc
- Paintbrush or mini sponges
Step 1: Combine 1 part water and 1 part cornstarch. Stir together. I used a total of 1 T. water and 1 T. cornstarch.
Step 2: Divide up mixture into mini containers/cups. The egg carton works well for me, so I don’t have to keep washing the cupcake tin.
Step 3: Add one drop of food coloring to each container.
Step 4: Paint your heart out! You may have to add a little water if your child paints for a long time.
- If you want a custom color, like orange, you will want to prepare each color/container or mixture separately instead of all together at once. Double the water you want per container and add one drop red, one drop yellow. Then take the half that water and make your cornstarch/water mixture individually for each cup.
- This also works well to delude the colors to get a more pastel look.
- If you do not have paint brushes or do not trust your kids with your nice ones, try using Qtips. They worked pretty good and it didn’t matter if the kids were rough with them. We used one for each color to make it easier for more than one artist painting at a time.
Warning: The colors turn out really bright and look wonderful that way, but they may stain more.
It doesn’t take long and it is a bunch of fun! And remember, it can be super simple. Just do something with “sticks” and then follow the entry instructions here.)
- Plastic grocery sack
- String, yarn or ribbon
- Paper streamers
Step 1: Cut strips of paper streamers and staple them to the bottom of the plastic grocery sack.
My son has been begging to go fishing for months! I saw “Counting Felt Fish” on Counting Coconuts and decided today was a perfect day to go fishing inside. The weather has not been agreeing with his intense want and we needed a fun inside activity to keep the kids busy while it snowed outside (someone needs to tell Mother Nature that it is almost the middle of May!). It took me less than 30 minutes during their naps to get everything ready and it kept the two entertained for at least an hour! We had a lot of fun! Here is what you need:
** see additional ideas at the bottom
1. Trace your fish and cut them out. I made our fish out of card stock simply because that is what I had on hand already. I used cookie cutters and traced them out on the card stock. Originally I was going to print a clip art drawing from online and trace that, but then I remembered I had animal shaped cookie cutters that had lots of different fish.
2. Attach paper clips to fish. If your magnet is strong enough, staples will work, too.
3. Attach string to magnet using strong tape or a hot glue gun. I think the magnets I had to choose from were to either too strong or too weak. The magnet that probably work best are in between the strengths I have. They are the size of a penny and my kids like to stick everything in their mouths still, so I have avoided those in our house.
4. Attach string to your pole by tying it for a temporary pole or glue gunning for a more permanent pole. Don’t have a stick? Use what you have around. I was going to use my sons baseball bat and a long wooden spoon for their poles until I found 2 sticks in our garage. I even considered using the vacuum extension pole (that’s a little embarrassing to admit, but it is what I have!)
Additional Ideas for Fun
- Have your children sort them by color as they are “catching” them.
- Draw shapes, letters, numbers and have the children identify them and/or sort them.
- Draw items on each fish that will allow to count what they see (i.e. 3 stars, 1 circle).
- You can also have them group their catches by numbers.
- Draw the letters of their name(s) on different fish and have them find all the letters to their name.
Things That Did Not Work
- The magnets you get from advertisers were not strong enough.
- Tying the string on a stick. Glue it or cut a slight groove into the stick (and then tie it) if you do not want to be constantly retying the string.
- A shorter string seemed to work better than a really long string. It is easier for them to guide. And by shorter, I mean enough length so that there is little slack when your child has the pole in the air and the magnet on the ground.
Someday I’ll make some fish out of felt, but for now I am perfectly happy with these fish and so our my kids!
Cushions, pillows, pieces of rug or something like that – these will be your “Lilly Pads” (you can also call it your “Lava Rocks” or whatever else gets your child’s imagination going!)
At least one child full of energy
I have been a clomplete slacker this past week! I have been all wrapped up in trying to make my summer plans (and to be honest, a bit too antzy to sit at the computer with our weather highs and lows) that I lost track of my 2 posts a week goal. I have been collecting stuff to post, so I will have to catch up!