Friday, January 9, 2015

Messy Project Kids will love to do!

We all know kids love to get messy and if you are a parent with ODC then run from the room!! You will not want to stick around.  Just kidding, your help will be required.

QT Q-Tip Painting

Materials: paper plates, craft paint and Q-tips 

Pencil outlines a picture to fill in with the paint. More dots spaced closer together to get a darker shade, and fewer dots spaced a bit will make it lighter to create shadows and highlights.
Put several color out on the paper plate and to the side some Q-tips.
The child takes and dips the Q-tip in the color desired and with the Q-tips dots the desired area. Continue until child is done.

Pipe Cleaner Painting

Materials: Pipe cleaner, paint, blank card 3” X 4”, paper plate

Bend a pipe cleaner into a shape desired; above they did a heart shape.
Squeeze out the color(s) on paper plate.
Pressed the shape into the paint; then, stamped it onto a blank card.
Option: Embellish with googly eye and sequins as shown above.

Homemade Puff Paint

Materials: 6 wilton squeeze bottles, 6 bowls and spoons, canvas (without staples in it) or heavy cardstock, microwave

First making the colors:
Each color (making 6 colors, you’ll need to multiply these ingredients by 6):
1/4 self-rising flour – the self-rising part is important!
1/4 cup salt
4 tbsp. water
gel icing color

In a bowl mix 1/4 cup self-rising flour, 1/4 cup salt, 4 tbsp. water and a bit of Wilton gel icing color (just 1 color at a time!).
Mix the above all together until smooth and runny.
Pour your mixture into a Wilton squeeze bottle.
Repeat the above process for each color you make – we made a beautiful rainbow of colors.
Give the paints to your kiddos and let them go wild.
When they are finished their masterpieces, pop them in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, or until the artwork starts to rise off the paper.
Admire your artwork and check out how cool the 3-dimensional-ness is!

Option: After making the colors have the child fill an old mold (microwave safe) with different colors.

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