Wednesday, July 14, 2010
What to do Wednesday? Have a (Paint) Ball!
Found this neat little article in one of the June issues of Parenting magazine.
7 ways to encourage your mini-Monet
Eat your finger paint: For the tiniest artist, add a few drops of food coloring to plain or vanilla yogurt, dump it on her high-chair tray, and let her smear her way to a masterpiece that's finger-lickin' good.
Roll with it: Who needs paintbrushes when you have toy cars? Pour some paint into a disposable aluminum pan, then show your kid how to roll the car through the paint and drive it onto the paper for a cool design.
Pull a Demi Moore: Have you kids put on their swimsuits, head to the backyard, and cover themselves in body paint. You can make your own by mixing powdered tempera paint with baby shampoo.
Meet Matisse: Cuddle up with any of the Mini Masters books by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, with paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, Cassatt, and more. Our fav? A Magical Day with Matisse. (Birth to 4)
Chalk it up: Turn sidewalk chalk art into watercolor creations: Just dip the chalk in water before drawing, or spray water onto your driveway to create a wet "canvas." The H2O gives the chalk a painterly feel.
Redecorate: Older kids can scour garage sales for a chair that needs some love. Clean it with soap and water. When it's dry, sand it down with sandpaper. Wipe off the dust with a damp cloth and start painting!
Make a mural: Got a blank wall in the basement? Let your kids have it! And when they get bored, you can just paint over it and start again.