Hand print fishes!

Now that the school holidays are well under way we have been doing lots of art and crafts, including the ever faithful hand printing! Hand printing always goes down well and is pretty versatile. We decided to make some hand print fish pictures the other day as a nod to the summer!

You will need – paper, paint, crepe paper, card and glue.

Begin by painting your hand in whichever colour you like. My kids chose to do multi coloured stripes like a rainbow!

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Print down onto your paper.

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Leave your prints to dry, then turn them into fish by adding a mouth and eyes.

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Then cut out your fish and stick them down onto some card. We also added green crepe paper seaweed and blue bubbles!

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The kids loved their finished hand print pictures! You could also add glitter and other sea creatures! A fab, simple art activity for the summer holidays!

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We hope you all have a very crafty, fun filled week!

 

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Water Balloon printing!

This type of printing is one of my kids utter favourites and we have spent many hours experimenting with different colours to create some fantastic art work! Balloon printing gives such unique and individual results each time and is sure to be a big hit! (Adult supervision is required otherwise you may have quite a bit of water on your hands – and not in the balloon)!!!

To balloon print you will need – water balloons, paper and paints.

1 – Begin by filling your water balloons and setting out your different coloured paints. (I use disposable take away food trays which I wash and re-use for paint activities).

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2 – Gently dip your balloon into your paint and print gently onto your paper. (Gently does it)!

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3 – Build up your pattern or create a picture using the circle prints.

We had lots of fun using the balloons to create different pictures and different patterns! This is a perfect activity for kids who love printing in a slightly different way to the usual! It is also a lovely sensory activity as the balloons do feel fab for little hands.

We made lots of different pictures and patterns with the balloons! A simple, different way to create some lovely artwork!

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Fathers Day cards – (bath puff required)!

Fathers Day is tomorrow here in the UK and my kids love nothing more than making cards for their Dad to let him know how much they love him. I wanted to share with you how they have made these brilliant cards with some paint and an old bath puff! (Yep you read that right! Bath puffs are brilliant for printing with, simple to use and give amazing pattern results)!

To make your Fathers day card you will need – paint, an old bath puff, card and glue.

1 – Begin by squirting some different coloured paints onto a plate. (We used a paper plate but any old plate is fine).

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2 – Use your bath puff to push down into the paint and print onto your paper.

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3 – Once you are happy with your print, leave to dry. Once dry, you can cut out whichever shape you like. We used tie shapes for our cards! Mount onto card and ta – dah! My kids decided to add stickers to their cards too for some extra sparkle!

 

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This is a lovely, simple way to print and make some slightly different Fathers Day cards! We really hope you like them.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fork printing!

As a lot of my regular followers will know, me and my little ones love experimenting with different ways to paint. Don’t get me wrong paintbrushes are fantastic but we also love using other items! Fork printing is a super way to paint and kids love experimenting with different ways to use the prints in their art work.

To fork print you will need – paint, paper and forks (that’s it)!

Begin by dipping the back of your fork into the coloured paint of your choice and pressing down onto your paper ( you may need to roll it slightly to get the full fork print). My daughter decided to make a sunflower picture so she used a yellow then dipped the tips in brown paint to form the sunflower seeds. She also used a paintbrush to paint her leaves.

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We did quite a few fork print pictures so we ended up with quite a collection! Here are a few of the kids pictures –

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We really enjoy printing with forks. My son used to get a little frustrated with this as it can take a little practice to roll the fork, but now he loves it! My kids love mixing the fork prints with brush painting to make their art. We hope you like our pictures!

Happy Thursday!

 

Winter tree pictures!

The weather has been pretty horrid here recently. Rain and very strong  winds are all we seem to be having at the moment! I find myself longing for the sunshine again….or snow. Anything apart from this continuous downpour!

One particularly rainy day last week my five year old son and my two year old nephew were getting a little bored so we brought out the craft box and decided to make some Winter tree pictures!

To make your own winter tree pictures you will need – coloured paper/card of your choice (we chose blue as my son wanted it to look like the sky), green paint, white paper, hole puncher, glue, pom poms and crayons.

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Begin by making a stencil to be your tree shape. I used a triangle shape as it is very simple and looks pretty effective! Next dip the pom pom into the green paint and print the shape onto your coloured paper/card by pushing the pom pom up and down onto the paper. My son and nephew printed two trees onto their paper. If your little one is struggling with holding the pom pom you can pop a clothes peg onto it, which will act as a handle.

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Whilst the paint is drying make your ‘snowflakes’ by punching out white paper circles using a hole puncher.

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When your paint is dry glue on some of the paper circles to be your falling snowflakes.

Next tear some white paper into strips. This will be the snow on the ground. I like tearing the paper rather than cutting it as it looks a little more realistic with the bumps and curves instead of it being just a straight line!

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Next draw on tree trunks with a crayon.

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The boys had great fun making their winter tree pictures and they have certainly brightened up the place. I just wish we had some real snow now!

Kids abstract art!

My daughter is currently very interested in different artists and the different ways in which they paint. I dug out some of my old books for her to have a peek at, and we also looked on the internet. (I think it’s amazing that we have such a huge range of information available at our fingertips via the web!) She seemed especially interested in the use of lines in abstract art, and wanted to see if she could make her own piece of abstract art using lines and colours. I thought it was a brilliant idea so we got the paints and brushes out!

To make your abstract art you will need – paper, paint, paintbrushes and a ruler.

To begin with use a ruler dipped in paint to print lines down onto your paper. (We found using a ruler edge was the best way to form straight lines).IMG_2961Continue printing your lines on the paper. You can choose to place them wherever you like.IMG_2966Once you have finished your lines, use different coloured paints to fill the gaps in between the lines. You can use as many or as little colours as you like. My daughter chose three colours to use for her picture.IMG_2967 IMG_2971My daughter loved her finished piece of abstract art and she was so pleased she could recreate her own version so easily! A brilliant art activity for mini artists! IMG_2994

Halloween hand-prints!

We love hand-printing in our home and thought we would do some Halloween inspired prints this week. I love how you can turn your hands into pretty much anything with just a bit of paint! We turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration and found some fantastic ideas, including bats, cats and witches to get us started!

I was looking after my nephew and niece for the day too and the two girls were super excited at the prospect of turning their hands into something a little spooky!

To make your spooky hand-prints you will need – paint, paintbrushes, paper and black felt tip pen.

My daughter decided to make a witch hand-print so set to work painting her whole hand green. She then printed down on the paper. She then painted on the hair and a hat. Once the paint was dry she drew on her witches face with black pen!

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They then printed onto paper and added some ‘screws’ at the side of Franks neck. Once dry, we added the face!IMG_2699 IMG_2711 IMG_2712The kids loved their Halloween hand-prints and we cut them out and popped them up around the house!

We hope you have a fantastic Halloween!

Spooky footprint ghosts!

Yesterday, I decided to make some spooky footprint ghosts with my two year old nephew. It is a super simple and cute activity for very little ones!

I love making footprints with the kids as they are so lovely to keep and to look back on as they grow. There are some beautiful poems which you can add to footprint pictures and crafts, especially if you are making them as gifts for family or friends. The poem below is one of my favourites –

Two little feet with ten tiny toes,

Isn’t it strange how quickly time goes?

Footprints so small but this will not last,

I change each day, I grow so fast,

These two little footprints will help you recall,

How little I was when my feet were this small!

Author unknown.

To make your spooky ghost footprints you will need – black card, white paint, paintbrush and felt tip pen.

Begin, by painting your foot in white paint. (My nephew loves this part as he finds it super tickly! Lots of giggles here)!

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Next, print the foot down onto black card. Once they are dry, draw on the ghosts eyes and mouth! IMG_2615 A super simple print activity and a nice way for the very little ones to get involved with Halloween! These would also look lovely cut out and placed around the home to decorate!

Happy printing!

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Apple printing and home – made gift wrap!

One evening last week it was just me and my daughter at home, as my son was at football club, much to my daughters delight! “Girlie time mum” she shouted, followed shortly by “Can we do some apple printing?”

Apple printing is one of our favourite activities as it is so simple and looks super effective, especially in pattern form. My daughter decided on making some home – made gift wrap. Her Grandpas (Popsys!) birthday is just around the corner and with him being an avid and fantastic gardener, my daughter knew Popsy would love his home – made apple themed gift wrap!

You will need – apples, paints, paper and old bowls / tubs.

To start, cut your apples into halves and de – pip. Next, cut a handle into each apple half. Us grown – ups should do this part as it can be difficult and dangerous for little hands!IMG_2109IMG_2108

Then dip your apple (core centre down) into your paint. Make sure you have plenty of paint on your apple otherwise you may only get half a print!IMG_2112To make your gift – wrap decide on a pattern and the type of paper you want to use. My daughter decided to use a simple, two colour alternating pattern on brown parcel paper. Brown parcel paper makes fantastic wrapping paper as it is nice and strong and can be printed on easily. IMG_2113 IMG_2114 IMG_2115A fantastic printing activity that makes fabulous home – made gift wrap too! We are sure Popsy will love his extra special gift wrap!