Sunday, April 22, 2012
Mother's Day Craft for Preschoolers
As a rule, I only do crafts if they are:
However, Mother's Day is different and the craft I chose was frankly neither easy or cheap but it really wasn't that bad, so if you are looking for something and aren't naturally creative, this craft is totally do-able! I thought I would go ahead and post to give everyone time before Mother's Day. Plus, it turned out so nice that I was glad I branched out for my wonderful Mommy and Mother-in-Law. Here was my criteria: I knew that I wanted the kids to help and I wanted to make a canvas. Lastly, I wanted to incorporate letters into the final design, so here is what I came up with.
For this project, we had to buy the canvas, but we had everything else at home. First we dyed pasta. I put some rubbing alcohol in a baggie with some food coloring, then added pasta to it and let it sit for awhile before putting it on paper towels to dry. Take note that food coloring stains. It especially stains skin. Not that I know that from personal experience or anything. Let's just say that before I got smart with the baggie on this, I tried using a small bowl and let my 2 year old "help" me with it. We both had red hands for several days. It was a little disturbing for strangers to see our blood-red hands.
Here is the finished pasta. We did orange, green, and purple (mixed red and blue of course)
Then we went outside and gathered some sticks. The kids really loved this part and it was a great way to keep kids busy, so while they did this, I used a glue gun to affix the sticks to the canvas. This tree pasta art was inspired by a post from Maria over at Mama Mia's Heart 2 Heart. She is very crafty, you should check her out!
Then, she painted green grass all over the letters. I drew a rough line for her so she knew to keep the paint under the trees. She enjoyed the challenge of this.
Finally, the pasta was dry so she used glue to get it on the canvas for the "leaves".
Happy Early Mother's Day to all you wonderful Moms out there! You inspire me daily!
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