Category Archives: Messy!

Painting in the garden

Following on from Thursday when we painted handprint caterpillars at Twins Club, today we got the paints out at home to create some more animals, flowers and general art work.

I wanted each of the kids to have their own art space so I got the easel out for Thomas and Jasmine, and used the tuff spot for Ben. This was important because I wanted to see what the big two would do and they were keen to actually paint something, whereas Ben is still in the “paint everything one colour then smear round with hands” stage, and he usually does this all over their work.

I set out the paints and a selection of brushes, sponges and old toothbrushes to paint with. The kids loved the idea of painting with toothbrushes and a lot of the first paintings were done using these. Ben had a wonderful time with the orange and black paint and some toothbrushes! Thomas painted a sunflower growing in a garden and Jasmine painted some flowers and a person.Painting 1aOnce they had all filled one piece of paper I mentioned painting with their hands. Ben got stuck right in and was soon covered in black paint! He did lots of handprints in different colours. Thomas added a handprint spider to his sunflower painting and then painted more bugs on a new sheet. I showed him how to paint a handprint butterfly and he also did some worms and another spider. Jasmine created lots of multicoloured hand-angels and she did her own butterfly, which I was very impressed with as she did it with no help from me.Painting 2When they started painting with their hands I had filled the sandpit lid with water so the could rinse the paint off when they wanted to use different colours. Both boys, but especially Ben, had just as much fun washing their hands as they did painting!

Finally, for their last painting of the day I added shaving foam as an option. I gave them all a tupperware container with some in and showed them how to mix some paint into it. None of the kids have ever been keen on using shaving foam in their messy play so I was interested to see how they would work with it. Having already had paint on their hands I was hoping this would encourage them to get the foam on their hands as well.

They all started off using the brushes and sponges to paint it on to the paper but Ben soon got his hands involved and was happily hand printing with the foamy painty mixture. This encouraged Thomas and he joined in, creating some wonderful “fireworks” on his paper.Painting 3Then, just as I was getting the boys clean and starting to tidy bits away, I turned round and Jasmine had covered her hands in the shaving foamy paint as well! This is a big thing for Jasmine and she always takes a long time to come round to getting her hands really messy (which is strange because she is quite happy to play in mud all day!)Painting 4All in all, we had a very successful painting session today. Now, I just need to find somewhere to display all the pictures!
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Handprint Caterpillar Craft

I saw this idea on Facebook a few days ago and really wanted to try it, so this was our craft table activity at Twins Club today.Handprint Caterpillar

You will need:

  • paper
  • paint
  • small circle stamp (a bottle lid or similar)
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • black pen

Paint the palm of your hand with the chosen colour for the body of your caterpillar and your fingers another colour for the legs. Print a line of hand prints along the paper to form the body and legs of the caterpillar. Make sure the prints are touching or overlapping. We did three prints, but you can do as many as you want.

Use the circle stamp/bottle lid to print a head at one end. Once the paint has dried add a nose and antennae and glue on some googly eyes.

 

Caterpillars

 

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Let Them Play

While Gordon and I have been busy redecorating Ben’s bedroom, the kids have been happily playing in the garden.

Yesterday morning while the last bits of plastering were being done I tried again with the paint-bombing. I got some great ideas from people leaving comments on here and on Facebook and I decided to try dropping them from the climbing frame. I also found a sports cap bottle that made filling the balloons much easier too, as the end of the balloon fitted nicely over the spout.Paint Bombs part 2We got better results doing it this way that we got on Saturday, but the kids aim still meant that a good few paint-bombs burst on the grass! Thomas was definitely the most accurate and the most successful and he burst most of the balloons himself in the end. I love the final art work we created and in fact I have used some of it in Ben’s new bedroom!

After paint-bombing I had a tray full of black paint that had leaked out when I was filling the balloons. Rather than waste it (or spend a long time trying to get it back in the paint bottle) I decided to use it for some feet painting down the garden. I unrolled some more lining paper as a “road” and the kids stepped into the tray of paint and onto the road! I had also placed a bowl of water at the other end so when they had enough they could wash their feet.

When I initially mentioned painting with feet to Thomas he wasn’t sure at all. But he changed his mind as soon as he saw the piece of paper and the water at the end and was first in! Jasmine, who I did think might not join in at all, was straight in after Thomas, closely followed by Ben. They loved it, slipping round the paint tray and running round the paper leaving paint-y footprints. Of course, the paint being slippery meant that the boys fell in and didn’t just end up with paint-y feet!Paint RoadPoor Thomas did end up taking one tumble to many though and the activity ended with him in tears. Hopefully it hasn’t put him off and next time I will put the paint straight on the paper rather than inside a slippery plastic tray!

Today we spent the morning in the park with some local twin families. I love meeting up with other twin mums and I had a lovely chat while the kids played.

This afternoon they went in the garden again.

Jasmine began by finding a spider and insisted on catching it in a jar! Her bug obsession is getting bigger and bigger! I should be happy because it means she can now remove any spiders from near me when Gordon isn’t around, but when she comes and shows me a large spider I am not so keen!

I got the water table out for them this afternoon. I also filled up the top of the sandpit with water, coloured some water blue and put this in a bowl and put another large bowl of shaving foam out and told them they could use it as soap to wash their toys. They’ve never been keen on using shaving foam as a messy play material, so I thought that using it with water in this way would encourage them to play with it, knowing they could wash it off with more water at any time.

They spent all afternoon playing with the water; washing toys and rinsing them with their watering cans, making whirlpools, visiting the deep blue sea and lots of other things as well. They had a great time, were occupied for ages and were thoroughly soaked by dinner time!Water playWe’ve had a great couple of days in the garden and it looks like the sun is going to stick around for another day or so, so I imagine we’ll be out there again over the next few days.

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Felt Christmas Stockings

With my newly found ability and confidence with a needle and thread (more about that after Christmas!) I wanted to make Christmas Stockings with the kids this year. So I bought some felt and off we went..

I started off with this template, stuck it on thick card and cut it out. I used this to draw 6 Stockings onto felt, 2 each of 3 colours, and cut them out. Then I cut off the top section of the stocking template and drew round this 6 times on white felt. Once these were cut out I positioned them on top of the 6 stockings and, using a gluestick, stuck them in place.

I paired all the felt pieces up and sewed the stockings together using blanket stitch, obviously leaving the top open.

Felt StockingsThen I let the kids loose with glitter glue and shiny Christmassy things! Jasmine’s is the pink/purple one, Thomas chose Orange and Ben’s in blue/green.

Decorated StockingsWe have only decorated one side so far and we may or may not do the other side. Really it depends on how long it takes the glitter glue to dry (it was quite thickly splodged on in places!!). I also plan on sewing a ribbon loop to each one so we can hang them up.

Activity Village also have some smaller templates here and I think this size would look wonderful as a Tree decoration. My plan is for our Elf to make the kids a small stocking each just before he leaves and put a little “thank you” treat in it .. I hope he has time!

 

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Cotton Wool Snowman

Elf Pepper left us a fantastic activity to do this morning 😉

Cotton Wool SnowmanOn some black paper I (um, the elf!) drew 2 circles to make a snowman shape. I used a side plate and a bowl (I used A3 paper)  but you can do any size to suit. I also pre-cut all the shapes out of felt to make it easier and quicker for the kids in the morning.

They were very keen to get started!

First they covered the snowman shape in PVA glue and stuck cotton wool balls all over.

Snowman 1

Then they stuck on some googly eyes, the pre cut felt shapes (hat, scarf, nose and mouth), pompoms for buttons, and pipe cleaners for arms.

Snowman 2

 

And they finished off with a “little” glitter!!

Snowman 4

Snowman 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished Snowmen

Snowman by Jasmine

Snowman by Jasmine

Snowman by Thomas

Snowman by Thomas

 

 

 

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Advent Santa

I saw this idea on a Home Ed Facebook group page and loved it. I knew it would be a perfect thing to do with my kids as the boys especially are very visual and after 10 days of “Is it Christmas yet?” I needed an idea to help them actually see how long was left until The Big Day!!!

So, start with a large piece of paper, some felt tips, paint, cotton wool and pom poms.

I drew round a plate for Santa’s face, then drew a hat and long beard. I drew lines across the beard to create 25 sections.

Santa OutlineThen the kids painted and glued

Decorate Santa

Decorate Santa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I added some cotton wool and wrote the number 1-25 up the beard and Santa was finished

Advent Santa

We cut a section of Santa’s beard off every day and as his beard gets shorter, Christmas gets closer! When Santa has no beard left…. THEN it is Christmas 🙂

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A Messy Afternoon

I started writing our Christmas Cards this morning and discovered we didn’t have anywhere near enough. This provided me with just the excuse I needed to get the kids crafting!

So out came the cards, the paint and the Christmas themed sponges. I used plates for the paint so the kids could dip the sponges in easily, however after the first couple of cards I realised it would be more successful if they painted the sponge rather than just “splatting” it into the paint 😉

Sponge Painting Cards

 

We didn’t have many blank cards left (obviously a trip to the craft shop is needed!) and the kids were of the opinion that they hadn’t done enough painting, so they moved onto paper and they didn’t stop until we ran out of drying space!

A Messy AfternoonA Messy Afternoon 2

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Glitter, Glitter, Everywhere

I don’t usually start Christmas this early, but for some reason this year I have been thinking and planning for a while already.

So when I saw this post on a friends blog I had to have a go at these cards with my kids!

Take some glue, some shaped cookie cutters, some blank cards and some glitter. Dip the cookie cutter in the glue, place on a blank card to leave a glue shape and cover with glitter..

I love the cards we made!

We did end up with quite a lot of glue and glitter left over on the trays! So we made some pictures by drizzling glue over A4 paper and sprinkling glitter over. The resulting pictures are really effective!

Our house is very sparkly this evening 😉

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