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Have you ever had an idea for a project, one that you knew your kids would love and just couldn’t wait to try, only to wind up having it go nothing like you’d planned? Well, at least I’m not alone :)
This little project was meant to be an exercise in fine motor skills, a little like cake decorating, and a whole lot of fun.
While it did ultimately turn out to be all of those things, it also wound up teaching me a very valuable lesson. That lesson? Some art projects should just be done outside. Oh, and if you’re filling Ziploc bags with finger paint,
double triple check that they are properly closed.
Otherwise, you might just end up with something like this…
Yep. One good squeeze from the toddler and we’re redecorating with finger paints.
Fortunately, it wipes off easily, but I can guarantee you that every single one of them was taped shut before we went any further!
I know, I must be crazy right? But yes, we did continue on with our paint decorating.
It really was a cool project and as long as you heed my warning (seriously, TAPE THE BAGS SHUT) you and your preschooler can have a lot of fun.
To do your own paint decorating, you’ll need:
Various colors of finger paints (We love the washable Crayola paints)
Small plastic Ziploc bags
Add some finger paint to each one of your baggies, a new bag for each color.
Try to keep your paint in the corner of your baggie as this will help your child squeeze it out. Basically think of it like an icing bag for cake decorating. You want the paint in the point of the corner.
Cut the tip of the corner off of the baggie and start squeezing! As long as you’ve taped the bags, you’re good to go!
Nicholas loved watching the paint come out while squeezing the bags. It tends to come out pretty quickly and creates squiggly lines and some pretty cool designs all over your page.
It does take a while to dry (especially if your child is anything like mine and wants to try and squeeze it all in one spot) but once it does, it looks awesome!
So how about you? Ever had a project that required a little unexpected cleanup?
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