The following is a guest post from Laura Kapuscinski, a friend of mine for the past 20 years. Laura is sharing three easy art projects to do with your kids, because, well, I’m not the craftiest one in the bunch.
If you enjoy Laura’s craft ideas, you can follow her on Pinterest.
I am also a neat freak who is constantly coping with the fact that I cannot have a perfect house all of the time. And, I’m slowly learning that’s okay! Making memories is sometimes a messy job and I’m proud to be the C.C.O. (Chief Craft Organizer) in my home!
Turn off the television, power down the iPad and go make a mess with your kids!
I have to admit that I first saw this idea on the TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8. However, they just used chocolate and vanilla pudding and I found it to be utterly boring!
This is my favorite go-to project with the kids. It’s messy…but it’s fun and delicious! We started to substitute pudding paint for finger paint when my son turned two and wanted to be involved in everything!
1 box vanilla instant pudding
1 – 1 ½ c. cold water (or 2 c. milk)*
In a large bowl add the pudding mix and water. Whisk until it begins to thicken.
If you are using one color, you can add your dye to the bowl and whisk to combine. If you are doing multiple colors, you will want to separate your pudding and mix your colors separately.
Put into the refrigerator for about two hours to thicken.
Check the consistency of your pudding paint. You might need to add more water to achieve a paint-like consistency.
Give the kids the pudding paint and have a blast!
Unlike paint, the pudding will saturate the paper very quickly. Have extra paper on hand!
My kids usually end up eating most of the pudding so I give them each their own bowl to work with.
*If you use water you will need less of it then the milk to get a thick consistency.
You will be making a total of seven hearts in different sizes:
1 large heart (body)
1 medium heart (tail)
3 small hearts (lips and fins)
2 tiny hearts (eyes)
Multiple sheets of construction paper in varying colors
Choose the color for the body of your fish – this will be the largest heart. Fold the paper in half.
Draw and/or cut out a heart, taking up most of the paper.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining paper until you have 7 different sized hearts.
Grab your glue stick and start your bringing your Love Fish to life!
Depending on the age of your kids I recommend giving them as little guidance as you can – I love that every time we make these we end up with a beautiful, unique Love Fish.
I usually start with the lips or tail and then let their imaginations run wild! The lips can go on either end of the heart!
Easiest project, EVER!
Light-weight paper plate (1 per child)
Decorations: crayons, stickers, etc!
Fold the paper plate in half.
Trace a heart onto your plate. Then trace the outer rim of your plate (keep in mind the size of your child’s head and remember you can always cut off more if needed).
Start by cutting the outer rim of your plate. Stop before you cut through the plate, at the end of your heart. Continue to cut the remainder of your paper away from the heart.
Have fun, DECORATE!
Okay, so don’t feel like a failure on Step 3 if it doesn’t work the first time. I’ll admit it took me a few tries to get it right.
For more craft ideas, check out my “Valentine’s Crafting with Smarties” post!