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If your kids are anything like mine, they like to collect things like rocks. (And sticks. Sometimes I get a surprise and it’s something that’s alive such as a worm or beetle. Or baby spiders, although that is totally another post once I recover from the trauma). Then, when you try to tell them that […]
If your kids are anything like mine, they like to collect things like rocks. (And sticks. Sometimes I get a surprise and it’s something that’s alive such as a worm or beetle. Or baby spiders, although that is totally another post once I recover from the trauma). Then, when you try to tell them that their “treasures” belong outside the house, you get tears and lots and lots of wailing. Here’s a simple craft you can do to occupy them, decorate up their “treasure” rocks, plus it’s actually pretty fun. As an added bonus, I even convinced mine that the pretty rocks can stay outside and not clutter up their rooms, or be used as projectiles for sibling battles. My boys love rock painting, we do it several times a year, for all holidays, rainy day activities, or even just for fun on a sunshiney day.
What You’ll Need:
Start off with some clean and DRY rocks
Our painting set up. I have box lids for the actual rock painting, just so there’s not accidental floor paintage
Then, get your paint. I set mine out in paper plates for my boys.
Then, let them paint!
Here’s what dot painting with a pencil end looks like as well.
Some of our finished creations.
My oldest was super proud of his Captain America shield rock.
We even glittered some rocks to make them look like real “treasures”
In rock land, Hello Kitty and Batman live side by side in peace
We painted some to look like caterpillers and bugs
And my youngest loves all things ladybugs. Happy crafting!
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If you’ve visited my blog before, you should know that my boys love art, especially painting. Buying paint all the time for projects can get pricey, so when I saw this easy way to make my own paint from just stuff I had at home, I was all over it. It takes cornstarch, water, and […]
If you’ve visited my blog before, you should know that my boys love art, especially painting. Buying paint all the time for projects can get pricey, so when I saw this easy way to make my own paint from just stuff I had at home, I was all over it. It takes cornstarch, water, and food coloring to make your own paint. You have to play with the ratio of cornstarch to water. I think our ratio was one tablespoon of cornstarch to one cup of water. I started with one tablespoon of cornstarch and added in water until it got to a watercolor-paint like consistency. If you want a thicker consistency like tempura paint, I would go with 1/2 or 2/3 cup of water. Then, since it was a beautiful day, I set the boys up outside with butcher paper laid out on the driveway, and let them go to town. They had sooooo much fun. I was pleasantly surprised at how bright the colors in the cornstarch paint turned out. In the end, the boys ended up mixing all the colors together to a muddy brown, ditched the paint brushes, and painted with their hands and feet. Overall, it was fun, messy, creative, and colorful. We hung up the finished painting in the garaged and labeled it “Our World”.
What You’ll Need:
Again, our ratio was 1 tablespoon cornstarch : 1 cup water. You can play with the ratio to the consistency you desire.
We mixed our cornstarch paint in cups, then I put the cups in a muffin tin for easier transport. Look at the colors!
I was amazed at how vivid the colors showed up once the boys started painting. Look at the tasty watermelons.
Of course, then they started to experiment with painting with their hands as well.
It made for great sensory play!
It was a warm weekend, so perfect for some outdoor painting. I laid out a big roll of butcher paper outside for them to paint. I also stripped them down for easier clean up afterwards. They were totally into the process.
My oldest just started dipping his hands into the cup for full immersion. I think he was starting to channel his inner Jackson Pollack.
Then, they both got into the full body, painting action. Overall, it was an easy, cheap (!), and fun way to paint! Happy painting!
Every year, we take a trip up to Skagit Valley to visit the tulips. You can check out our trips in 2010 and 2012 and see how much the boys changed (and how little their love of mud puddles have not changed 🙂 This year the weather has been perfect, so I bundled the boys […]
Every year, we take a trip up to Skagit Valley to visit the tulips. You can check out our trips in 2010 and 2012 and see how much the boys changed (and how little their love of mud puddles have not changed 🙂 This year the weather has been perfect, so I bundled the boys up and we went for a day trip. I love going to the tulips because it reminds me of when I was pregnant with my oldest, and waiting, and watching the flowers bloom as I waited for my little guy to appear. Plus, they are just beautiful, and we have FIELDS and FIELDS of them here in Washington. If you haven’t made the trip to visit the festival, it runs through the entire month of April (depending on bloom), and it’s awesome!
No, this isn’t Holland. It’s Mt. Vernon, WA, U.S.A. 🙂
Welcome to Tulip Town! My oldest had to jump in order to be tall enough to be in the picture on the left.
I spy with my little eye, a hidden preschooler.
We visit the tulip festival every year, since it occurs around my oldest’s birthday. Look at how much he has grown! :sniff:
Stand by the tulips and pose, boys. This is the best that I could get.
Mainly, they were way more interested in the mud, and mud puddles, than the tulip flowers.
I wonder what made these kid size boot prints…
If only there was some clue to tell me.
Splish splash, some one took a mud bath.
If you are local and haven’t been up here, go! It’s so beautiful, and the festival runs the entire month of April.
Pretty, pretty tulips!
Up close and personal with a tulip.
Sometimes, you just gotta let them lecture you, and try not to laugh at the expressions on their sweet faces.
Happy, happy kiddo.
I let my oldest have my camera, and he took this shot! Proud mama right here, such a nice capture!
My youngest thought he was so sneaky making faces while we were taking pictures.
My favorite picture all day. I usually only get serious looks from him, I was so glad to be able to capture a real smile for once.
If you look closely, my oldest is holding up his little brother in order to make him tall enough to fit in the face hole for the picture. Awww……
They even had face painting inside the barn!
At the end of the day though, it was mostly two little boys doing this.
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