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P is for Painting

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

P is for Painting

     Today, I had to go register Thing 1 for pre-K. Unfortunately, that wasn't until 1pm. But, she was super excited about it and kept asking if it was time to go. So, I needed something to distract them, even if it was just for 30 minutes.

     The other day, someone posted a cool Masking Tape Letter craft on CafeMom. When I needed a busy craft, I remember it and decided to try my own version.

     I had some painter's paper (mixed media paper for acrylic), so I decided to use that instead of construction paper. Before we started, I tested the blue painter's tape on the paper to make sure that it wouldn't rip. None of the paper came off on the tape. The girls and I used tape to put their first initial on the paper.
Thing 1's paper

     I then gave the girls a pack of water colors and a cup of water and set them loose. I told them that they could paint however they wanted, just to cover all of the white area. True to their personalities, Thing 1 painted squares, not mixing the colors at all, and Thing 2 mixed all the paints as she randomly painted her paper.

Thing 1 painting

     When they were finished painting, we set their papers on a flat surface and let them dry.

Thing 2's painting drying
     We left the painting sitting for about an hour because I wanted them to be completely dry before removing the tape. The kids were excited to remove the tape. And when they pulled it off,  they had a beautiful painting of their initial.

Thing 2

Thing 1
     I hung them up on their art display in their room. Now, they're showing everyone that comes into the house their cool new craft.

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At April 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] said...

Those are super cute! Great idea :)

At April 19, 2012 at 4:03 PM , Blogger Nicoyle Simmons said...

Very handy craft to little busy. I like it =)

At April 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Melody0605 said...

So cute, and a great way to keep little minds distracted lol!

At April 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM , Blogger HB the Cupcake Princess said...

I can not wait to do this with the kiddos!

At April 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM , Blogger Brooke said...

These turned out great! I think I may try a variation and do a cutout of their hands with the letter.

At April 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM , Anonymous Jen - Life With Levi said...

Super fun, and I love that it's inexpensive and uses stuff that's already around the house!

At April 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM , Anonymous Diane N - Philzendia said...

That's a nice and easy craft. Looks great.


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