|Look at this beautiful print created by my five-year-old! Love it!|
|And this one was done by me showing a more abstract possibility...|
perhaps exploring line.
- Foam tray from the supermarket (I use the green ones from veggies--not meat). These can be purchased in bulk from some nice supermarkets for pennies a piece.
- Crayola washable markers (I didn't use the ultra washable ones--just the ones you see in the photo)
- A dull pencil
- A sponge and a bit of water
- White paper (I used some cheap-o paper I had, you should use drawing paper that can handle ink--DO NOT use construction paper, it won't hold up to the water).
- Remove the rims from the edges of the foam tray using scissors. Our finished piece of foam was roughly 3 1/2" x 8," but you can use any size for this).
- Use a dull pencil to draw a design into the foam plate. A simple activity would be to draw different types of lines (straight, curved, zig zag, etc.), but you could draw a recognizable image. The dots you see on our designs were done by poking the plate with the dull pencil.
- Use the markers to apply color to the plate between the lines you created. Cover the entire plate with color. Older children can experiment with layering colors within sections.
- Prepare your paper: Cut the paper to size (a little larger than your plate). Use a slightly wet sponge to dampen your paper. You don't want the paper too wet, so you'll have to play around with this a bit.
- Place the dampened paper onto the hand-colored plate and press gently, using your hand to smooth the paper onto the plate. I also use the damp sponge to smooth the paper onto the plate--don't scrub the paper or it will shift (and create a blurry image) or the paper will tear.
- Remove the paper and let dry.
|Thinking of warm weather and our favorite pastime...|
|And a minion card for a friend|
(this one was colored by my five-year-old).
|And the finished prints can be folded in half, glued and laminated|
to make bookmarks. These were some of the ones we created.
The tassels are "Loops and Threads Craft Thread"
which is a bit thicker than embroidery floss.
|And here's a close-up of one of the finished bookmarks.|
This would be a fun project for a month when your school