I haven’t been very good with thinking of crafts for the sisters to participate in. Sure, they’re not even two yet, but this is such a crucial time in their development to learn about textures and color and get real dirty. I need to get on the ball!
Since they’re always seeing me paint something or other, I thought whipping out some finger paint with paint brushes could be fun.
This ended up being a Mother’s Day craft (for the grandma’s), but it could be for ANYTHING… so I thought it was still worth sharing!
After applying the vinyl to the canvases, I spray painted it with white paint to ‘seal’ down the vinyl. That way if there was any paint seepage… it would be white and blend right in with the canvas.
And then it was TIME.
We outfitted the girls in massive bibs (made by my friend Leah!) and set ‘em loose! At first they looked at me like… you want me to do WHA?
I can’t find the exact paints that I used, but they were basic finger paints… similar to this stuff.
It was really fun to watch them. You could see the little wheels in their head turning, deciding what color to paint where. They were surprisingly thoughtful about it! (ish)
The canvases were finally done! We hauled the girls up to the bathtub, and let these priceless masterpieces dry overnight since they were pretty thick and globby. Then the next day, we carefully peeled back the vinyl!
There were a few places where the finger paint DID seep under the edges, but I just went at it with a little craft brush and some white acrylic paint and touched things up lickity split!
SUCCESS! The Grandma’s love them, and they’re actually pretty enough to display! You could totally use a ‘Daddy Quote’ and have your tike whip one of these out for Father’s Day!
Here’s to hoping I continue nurturing the sisters’ creative sides! It can be so hard to come up with age appropriate crafts! Do you have any good ideas for the toddler age group? Or good websites to use as resources for toddler creativity?
P.S… here’s another little craft we did when the girls were itty bitty. You could do this with ANY age though!
And check out our other projects where we’ve used Vinyl as a STENCIL!
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