Cave Man Drawings with Homemade Puffy Paint

Keeping with the dinosaur theme we have going on…I decided to get all prehistoric on you and make cave man drawings today with our very own homemade puffy paint.  The thing with cave man drawings is that there is no rhyme or reason, no path for them to follow, and no lines to stay in.  The kiddos can just have all the fun they want, being silly, being messy, and doodling with paint filled squeeze bottles – yippee!!

The puffy paint turned out so super cool, I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ingredients/Tools:

  • flour – 1 cup
  • salt – 1 cup
  • water – 1 cup
  • food coloring
  • bowl
  • large whisk
  • squeeze bottles
  • spoon or mini whisk
  • watercolor paper (I used this cheapo 5×7 pad that I got for $1 at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • some little toddler hands to squeeze those bottles ;)

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, salt & water in bowl with whisk; Remove all the clumps.
  2. Divide mixture amongst squeeze bottles – I used 5 bottles/5 colors.
  3. Add several drops of food coloring to each bottle, making it lighter or darker to your preference.
  4. Blend each individual bottle mixture with spoon or mini whisk.
  5. “Paint proof” your area & let them have fun squeezing out the paint (I had to cut a little bit off of each bottle tip to allow more paint to come through).
  6. Wait a couple of hours & the paint puffs up!

Fun times!! :)

To store – keep the bottles sealed up & stick the bottles in a sealed large Ziploc bag.  They will keep for about 2 days, then you will have to remake the mixture :)

This has been one of V’s favorite activities all week…she has insisted on doing this everyday since :)

Keep Calm & Paint On!

tissue paper stained glass – butterfly

Let’s do some stained glass today – kiddo style – with tissue paper!

Since we really can’t arrange small pieces of glass to form patterns or pictures for this project, you know, because this is kiddo style and all – let’s use another form, tissue paper.  This is a really simple activity and doesn’t require much to make it happen.  I’ve also included a free printable to make 2 butterflies :)

This is what you will need:

This is what you will need to do to make them:

  1. print out the butterfly printable
  2. laminate the printable (you don’t necessarily have to laminate it; I just wanted it a little sturdier for hanging)
  3. cut small squares of tissue paper (the sizes don’t need to be exact, and the squares don’t need to be perfect, it looks better messy)
  4. using the printable, cut on the line between the butterflies with scissors, separating them
  5. using the X-ACTO knife, cut out the center grey butterfly shapes (like the pic)
  6. cut out 2 squares of contact paper for each butterfly square, matching the individual square sizes
  7. remove the backing and place 1 square of contact paper on one side of the butterfly square (the empty butterfly center will be sticky)
  8. now you are ready for the “kiddo part” :)
  9. have the kiddos stick the tissue paper squares on the exposed contact paper in any fun way they want – they can stick them one by one or they dump the entire bowl on top :)
  10. next shake off any loose tissue paper pieces
  11. seal off back to contain tissue paper squares with 2nd piece of contact paper
  12. using double stick tape – add to your window :)

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Shaving Cream Tub Paint

This is a super-duper-easy-peasy fun activity for the tub!  I grabbed a bunch of muffin tins from the dollar store a while back knowing that they would provide me with something useful in the future.  Now what kid wouldn’t want to color on the walls and have their mama be okay with it?!

This provides the kiddos with creative freedom while they get their clean on…and it is an amazing, easy clean-up – just take the shower head off & spray it down…done, done, & done!

Now after you’ve done the clean-up, don’t freak out, because I am warning you now, if the little Picasso colored outside of the lines (which I advocate – who needs lines anyway)?! :), it WILL stain your white grout.  Not to worry, it will go away…you can either put some elbow grease into it, and rub it down after they go to bed…or…wait for it…you could relax and let it fade on its own.  I always choose the latter – if something provides me one less thing to clean, I say “YES”, where do I sign up?!

This activity only requires four tools:

  • a muffin tin
  • shaving cream (I use the unscented, sensitive skin brand…I believe it works best for this…it’s more delicate on their skin and your children don’t come out of the bath smelling like a grown man ;)
  • food coloring (the gel type works best for arts & crafts projects…it leaves less color on the skin (& on the wall in this case!) – Just add a couple of drops for each color.
  • a paintbrush

Then let them go to town…and you know what…I bet they will love it!

V loves it!  Every time I pull out that muffin tin she starts dancing in her funny little V dancing way…and that alone makes me want to do it every night for bath time :)

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Have fun & paint on!

Shaving Cream Tub Paint

This is a super-duper-easy-peasy fun activity for the tub!  I grabbed a bunch of muffin tins from the dollar store a while back knowing that they would provide me with something useful in the future.  Now what kid wouldn’t want to color on the walls and have their mama be okay with it?!

This provides the kiddos with creative freedom while they get their clean on…and it is an amazing, easy clean-up – just take the shower head off & spray it down…done, done, & done!

Now after you’ve done the clean-up, don’t freak out, because I am warning you now, if the little Picasso colored outside of the lines (which I advocate – who needs lines anyway)?! :), it WILL stain your white grout.  Not to worry, it will go away…you can either put some elbow grease into it, and rub it down after they go to bed…or…wait for it…you could relax and let it fade on its own.  I always choose the latter – if something provides me one less thing to clean, I say “YES”, where do I sign up?!

This activity only requires four tools:

  • a muffin tin
  • shaving cream (I use the unscented, sensitive skin brand…I believe it works best for this…it’s more delicate on their skin and your children don’t come out of the bath smelling like a grown man ;)
  • food coloring (the gel type works best for arts & crafts projects…it leaves less color on the skin (& on the wall in this case!) – Just add a couple of drops for each color.
  • a paintbrush

Then let them go to town…and you know what…I bet they will love it!

V loves it!  Every time I pull out that muffin tin she starts dancing in her funny little V dancing way…and that alone makes me want to do it every night for bath time :)

Have fun & paint on!

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