I was feeling brave the other day and told the kids we were going to paint. I had seen this craft idea and we actually had everything we needed: canvas (I used flat ones that were in packs of 3 from the dollar store), masking tape or painter’s tape, and paint.
The set up is easy. Just put the tape on the canvas in the shape of a cross. Make sure the edges are pressed down really well so the paint doesn’t seep underneath too much. Give the kids some paint and let them have at it!
I let the kids choose 3 colours each to keep mess down, and to try to prevent their paintings from becoming a big black blob from mixing too many colours.
Gabriel got to finger paint for the first time. He might have tasted paint for the first time, too. I taped his paper to the table so he couldn’t throw it down.
Tobi and Josiah used brushes while Annie decided to finger paint.
I also put a hand washing station on the table so the kids wouldn’t need to go anywhere with painty hands. I filled a dish tub with a few inches of warm soapy water and put a towel beside it. When Josiah noticed it, he kept getting a spot of paint on his hands on purpose so he could come play in the water.
When the canvases were covered in paint we set them aside to dry, eager to see the results.
A little bit more painting occurred, and then clean-up time!
I must say, the results were pretty cool. I put them in frames from IKEA and they are now hanging on our living room wall.
Have you done any Easter crafts or activities lately? I would love to read about them!