As most of my friends and family know, I am not an "artsy" person. I guess I have just never felt too creative and have always felt a little lost with art projects. I thought when I married my husband, who is very creative, he could handle that department (as well as anything math related!) I came across this project on the Red Tricycle Website/Newsletter. For this project you are basically taking a large piece of paper (I used a watercolor paper from Michaels) and dividing into several squares using artist tape or painters tape (that blue tape). You want to use this kind of tape because it's low tack. Then you just let them color or paint all over the paper. We used crayons, paint, and these really soft crayons. Warning - these activities usually get very messy! If you are going to do any kind of painting activity with your toddler just undress them (I didn't do this at first) and put a large tarp down (thank you Target clearance section) to catch any paint that doesn't land on the paper. Once done, you take the tape off and then you can cut them out and put them in picture frames. We had a messy but fun time creating some artwork for Maren's room.
Getting started... notice we are still dressed.
Notice the red lips - that isn't lipstick. I guess she wanted to see how the finger paint tasted.
Mommy finally realized it would be better to take the shirt off since there was so much paint on it. What was I thinking!
Final product, looks great!
We used this frame from Ikea to put the artwork in. I think we will do some more of these in the future!