Bug and I decided that we wanted to try using watercolors! It was the first time using real paint for him (I've only ever let him paint with edible paint made from yogurt and food coloring since he loves to stick everything in his mouth). I couldn't find any regular paper in my house, but I did find tissue paper so we went with it. Since the weather has been so lovely here lately, we chose to do this project outside, which was lucky because Bug ended up spilling one of our water cups. He mostly painted with just water at first, not really catching on to the paint part, but after watching me dip my brush in the water and then in the paint and seeing the different colors appear, he started trying it. We had a blast, so much so that I forgot to take any pictures during the fun! But I guess it's better to live in the moment then worry about recording it. Anyway, here was our final product:
It may not make it to any art museums, but we sure did have fun! As you can see there are some tears that happened, which is to be expected with a toddler wielding the brush with tissue paper. As Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I had an idea to take our masterpiece and turn it into Valentine's decorations! Once the paint dried, I fold the paper in half, then in half again, and one more time in half. I then used the old symmetrical heart cutting trick.
After cutting out two sections of hearts I folded the paper in half again so that I could cut out some smaller hearts.
I ended up with a mess of fun, colorful hearts!
Which I then used to add to my front door decor.
So while this craft wasn't just for my son (I did most of the work in the end), it was a fun way for me to incorporate something that we made together into something I could use to decorate my house! And now every time I walk through my front door I think of our fun painting adventure.
Now that I've shared our fun, what are some fun Valentine's activities that you plan to do with your little ones?