Yes, you read that right. You can help your toddler create a masterpiece without actually creating a mess.
Recently (ok it was almost 5 months ago) Ella attended one of her best friends first birthday party. I wanted Ella to help make the card but really didn’t want to spend more time cleaning up than it took to make the card. Because, as we all know…. toddlers are messy.
- paint ( I used some acrylic paint I had on hand)
- Ziploc bags
- Washi tape
- Optional- Glitter and Mod Podge
If you want a design on your card, use washi tape as it is so easy to remove and won’t (shouldn’t) damage your card.
Apply paint. There is no science or skill to this. Just glob it on there.
CAREFULLY put into ziplock bag. It’s ok if you smear the paint as it will get super smeared once your toddler handles it, but just try not to smear it on the zipper of the ziplock. AND most importantly, make sure it’s sealed. tight. Otherwise you’ll have paint all over.
This is the fun part! let your kiddo go to town. She can press, smash, poke, anything to move the paint around. (I forgot to take a picture of Ella making the birthday cards, but here is a photo of her making a Valentines Day card for her Daddy.)
After your little one has successfully smushed the paint around (you might need to help a little), carefully slide the cards out and lay them on a protected surface.
After the paint has dried completely peel the tape off. Resist the urge to peel it off early, it’ll only make a mess and ruin the masterpiece.
VOILA! I added a little glitter by carefully painting a thin layer of mod podge (once the paint is DRY) and sprinkling the glitter. Then I attached it to a piece of cardstock with eyelets using my CropaDile.
What are some fun crafts you do with your little one?