Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Most Beautiful Art We've Ever Created
I always let my kids do their own artwork and even if they aren't doing it the way I envisioned, I never interfere and help them finish. I do this for two reasons:
1. Because I want them to be responsible and be proud of their own artwork
2. Because I'm terrible at art and probably wouldn't do any better than they could. I would illustrate this by posting a picture of my own artwork but I do have some pride.
However, I have recently found something that helps us create beautiful artwork: stencils! Now, since I am art-challenged I will admit that when Cheri from Stencils Online contacted me about doing a review and a giveaway, I was stumped. I had to ask her, "What exactly do I do with stencils? Can my four year old do anything with them? Or is this an adult project?"
Cheri assured me that my daughter could participate and would enjoy it and boy was she right! To get started, I taped the stencil to some paper and at first, we used a paintbrush:
For paint projects, I always use an old egg carton to contain the paint and it works really well. For those who have been reading my site for awhile, notice how Munchkin Girl (almost four) is doing a much better job holding the paintbrush? Our work on fine motor skills is really paying off!
Next, we tried using a sponge to do the painting and that worked like a charm! She really enjoyed dipping the paint and it took her a long time (20 minutes) to cover the entire butterfly. I just put some paint on a paper plate and gave her a sponge. Much to my surprise, this turned out to be really easy!
She was SOOO impressed with the final product when we pulled the tape and stencil off the paper. She oohed and ahhhed and she deemed it, "The most beautiful project I've ever done!" (her words, not mine)
They have all different kinds of stencils. We did a unicorn next and they even sent trucks, dinosaurs, and frogs for my little guy!
They have a full range of animal stencils and craft stencils. I can envision using these stencils to create amazing gifts for teachers and grandparents, and I have to say, that I'm really glad they contacted me for this opportunity! You should also visit their FB page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/iStencils/348831181793648.
They also offered to give one of my readers $50 to use for buying stencils!! So, if you want to do this project at home, feel free to enter the sweepstakes below. AND, they are offering 15% to all my readers. If you order, enter the code "mommy" and you will get 15% off for the next two weeks. Oh, and don't forget to vote for me below too pretty please!!
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**Note: I received this product free of charge in return for the review, and was paid to do a fair evaluation. The opinion is 100% my own. See the rest of the sweepstakes regulations in the Rafflecopter form.
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