eloquacious Posted September 6, 2012 Share Posted September 6, 2012 We don't do a lot of crafts around here. I can't deal with the imperfections, the messes. It's just ... ugh. So today, on a total whim, we made these based on a pin that happened to pop up during my boys' nap time. I had bought the canvases EONS ago, and saved them for... I know not what. In fact, we used to have 10 but we sold most of them at a yard sale. It was my husband who had the good sense to grab two of them back from the "for sale" sign. We also had the tape, and the paints. Paints that we had received for my older son's 2nd birthday, 2.5 years ago. Paints that had been used, oh, once before. Mainly I can't stand crafty stuff because of the mess, but in the end the mess is worth it if you produce something cool, something they can hang up on their wall, or gift to someone. Most little kid's crafts don't fit that criteria for me. It's just not worth it, most of the time. But this project? It totally worked for me. The boys had a blast, they look great, and we've FINALLY used those darn canvasses and the paint that normally just sits in my craft closet. So I guess what I'm saying is, dear Hive... do you know of more projects like this? Doable by teeny tots and preschoolers, and yet not something that will just create another awful mess to be hung on the fridge for a week until we can unceremoniously dump it? I've been inspired by the French Graphisme handwriting instruction at their preschools. It's basically paintings/collages made out of pre-writing shapes, and yet it's colorful, and it works. That's one option. Any others you can think of? Examples: http://storage.canalblog.com/66/55/738994/52577472.jpg http://www.etab.ac-caen.fr/apiedu/pauldoumerlisieux/images/PDoumer-graphisme__encre_de_rserve.jpg http://blog.ac-rouen.fr/eco-maternelle-elsa-triolet/files/IMGP0749.jpg I've bought art books with projects for preschoolers, but I'm sorry, I'm just not into gluing macaroni or cotton puffs. :( Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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