Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Outdoor Play, Painting & Coloring Activity

Slide Painting – Outdoor Activity

Slide Painting is a fun & messy outdoor painting activity. This year, we set up our slide indoors even before the weather was warm outside. As much as the kids enjoyed sliding and playing on it, they loved to pretend play with their dolls. One day Miss D took her toy cars and started sliding it down to see what happens and got really excited. For a while, the slide was her ramp. That gave me the idea to try slide painting. We tried Painting with Cars a while back and kids seemed to enjoy it. So we used cars along with textured balls for this activity.

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What you need

  • Slide
  • Washable paint
  • Toy cars & textured balls
  • Paper and painters tape

How to

  • Water down the paint and pour into deep bowls.
  • Tape the paper on the slide.
  • Let your LOs dip the wheels of the toy cars or textured balls into the paint and slide them down.

Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5) loved this activity. They enjoyed watching the cars drive down the slide. They dipped the ball in paint & rolled it down the slide. Then they drove the cars up and down the slide. Their hands got all messy with paint.After painting, they helped in cleaning –  washed the cars, washed the slide all clean, mixed all the paint together made a big mess and then cleaned the bowls.😀 This activity was a definite hit because they keep asking to do it again!
 

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Posted in Easter Craft & Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Painting & Coloring Activity, Shapes & Colors

Painting with Plastic Easter Eggs

This is a very simple and easy to set up activity. It helps develop shape, size & color recognition.

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What you need

  • Plate
  • Washable paint
  • Plastic eggs

How to

  • Squirt washable paint onto a plate. Use paper plates for easy clean up.
  • Open the eggs and place the open side of the egg in paint and make stamps on a paper.

Miss A(3.5 yrs) & Miss D(2 yrs) were very happy with how their collage turned out. We spoke about the different colors and what shape they stamped – circle. A was surprised how the whole eggs were oval in shape and when stamped made circles. It would have been a great way to discuss about different sizes if we would have used different size eggs. 

Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Painting & Coloring Activity

Painting with Cars

Painting with toy cars is a fun process art for kids as young as 6 months old. The car tracks make interesting patterns for kids to explore. It would be a great art activity to do when working on your transportation unit.

I came across this activity on Pinterest and tried it last weekend. We enjoy painting activities and Miss D(2yrs) simply loves cars. Give her a car toy and she would be busy driving it on the floor and walls for a long time. Miss A(3yrs) does enjoy playing with her sis. So we combined both of our favourites. 

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What you need

  • Washable paint
  • Trays
  • Small toy cars
  • Paint paper

How to

  • Place a toy car on a plate of paint and move it back and forth so that the wheels pick up paint. 
  • To avoid mixing all the colors together and ending up with mud-colored tracks, we used one toy car per color. 
  • Roll the car along the paper. The wheels make colorful tracks on paper.
  • Also use cars with different tyre sizes, so each track look different.

This was a great activity for A to talk about thin and thick lines. She liked to make tracks on one stroke and tried to paint one over the other to see how it looked. We spoke about which cars made thick tracks and which car made thin tracks and tried to fit in the smaller car tracks between the larger ones. She then joined D and made tracks on the same sheet – some messy sibling fun 😀

D liked this activity alot. She did it with full concentration for about 25 mins. She enjoyed making messy tracks moving the car back and forth. We spoke about different colors and sizes of the cars. Later dad joined us and I must say Dad seemed to like it more. Overall, it was a fun evening activity. 😀

Posted in DIY, Painting & Coloring Activity, Spring Craft & Activities

Water Bottle Flower Art – Toddlers & Preschoolers

Painting with unusual materials is always fun. Welcome spring with this cute Water Bottle Flower Painting activity. Its simple, easy and fun for LOs 😀

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What you need

  • Washable paint
  • Paper
  • Empty Water Bottle or soda bottle

How to

  • The bottom of the soda bottle has five points like the five petals of a flower. Dip it in paint and press it on the paper then lift up. 
  • Dip the bottle in more paint each time you repeat the stamp. This is really fun, add as many flowers as you want.
  • You could also use a paint brush to apply paint to the bottom of the bottle.
  • Draw stem and leaves using markers or paint it.

Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) likes to do anything with paint. So when i told them to paint with the water bottle they got so excited. They painted the bottom with paintbrush and pressed it on a paper. When i told them it looks like a flower, they didn’t agree. 😜 Miss A insisted we need a center for the flower. So we used the bottle cap – dipped it in paint and pressed in the center of each flower. Then they dipped their fingers in green paint to draw stem. After which they both were like “look mummy flowers” 😍😍

We used a 2-litre soda bottle for this activity. You could use different size bottles, to make different size flowers. Also use different colors for each petal to make a multicolor flower. Good activity to discuss about how flowers bloom in spring, different colors and sizes. 👍

Happy Spring!! 😀😀

Posted in DIY, Painting & Coloring Activity, Valentine Day Activities

Painting with Water Beads – Colorful Hearts Poster

We enjoyed playing with our water beads sensory bin so much, now we are exploring more ways to play with it. Since painting is our all time favourite, we decided to combine both. Painting with water beads is simple easy and fun way to create one of a kind process art. It suits kids of all ages. 

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What you need

  • Water beads
  • Storage bin or baking pan – easy for kids to hold
  • Washable Paint
  • Paint Paper

How to

  • Place the paper in the storage bin or baking paper. You could also use cardboard box.
  • Add dollops of paint to it. 
  • Now let your LOs add few water beads to it and shake, shake, shake to create a beautiful one of a kind marbled art.

Miss D(2 yrs) loved this activity. She enjoyed the shaking part a lot. She shaked it so much that the beads would bounce off the bin. Then would pick it and put it back into the bin and shake more. She created 3 beautiful pieces of marbled art – would have done more, if not for me. 😀 Miss A(3yrs) tried it just once. She wasn’t as thrilled as D. She just wanted to paint using a brush that day. So she took out her brushes to create a rainbow. We let our marbled art dry overnight. Once dry, i cut out hearts from it and created a poster. 

Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Painting & Coloring Activity, Shapes & Colors

Cookie Cutter Stamping – Art for Kids

Cookie Cutter Stamping is a simple stamp painting activity for little hands. Its easy to set up, zero preparation needed, develops fine motor skills and a fun way to talk about shapes and colors. My LOs simply love anything to do with paint and this activity was no exception. It’s always fun to explore different mediums to paint. 

What you need

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Washable Paint
  • Paint pallet ( we used plastic plates)

How to

  • Squirt the paint into the pallet. You will need very little paint for this project.
  • Give the cookie cutters and paint to your LOs.
  • Let them dip the cookie cutter on the paint and stamp them on the paper to make prints. So easy!

Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(2 yrs) enjoyed making stamps using the cookie cutters. I used big ones, so their hands dont get messy. (Like that  would help 😜) You could also use playdough cutters for more fun shapes. This time Dad joined them for some stamping fun. They all started very neat and the pieces looked so nice until they decided to paint on them. As with most of our paint projects we ended up with some finger painting mess 😂😂. I was quick enough to click few pics before all the mess. But if you let it dry, they make cute wrapping papers.

Posted in Crafts & Projects, Home Decor, Painting & Coloring Activity, Winter Crafts & Activities

❄️ Craftstick Snowflakes ❄️

Craftstick Snowflakes are cute and simple winter craft for toddlers & preschoolers. It needs no preparation and is perfect when your stuck indoors on a cold gloomy winter day.😀 

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What you need

  • Craftsticks (jumbo, regular or mini) 
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Rhinestones (you could also use pompoms, buttons, glitter glue, pony beads)
  • Glue

How to

    • Hot glue sets of 4 craftsticks to make snowflakes. If using regular glue, make sure to let it dry.
    • Now give some paint to your LOs to add color to the snowflakes.
    • We painted the jumbo snowflakes, used rhinestones for the regular snowflakes and glitter for the mini snowflakes. 
    • You could mix and match any way you want and decorate with any embellishments your heart desires.

    Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) got all excited when i told them we are going to paint snowflakes. They had so much fun painting and decorating them. Me & Dad joined them for some fun too. After we were done, we let them dry overnight and stuck it to our door using velcro dots. You can also glue a string to it & hang them in style.. 👍