Thursday, September 2, 2010

Blow Paint Monsters

Picture & idea from
When I saw this craft in a magazine I thought, "This would be easy, different & fun to do with my 2 year old." So I gathered all the supplies needed and took them outside (anything relatively messy, especially paint is done outside in our house!) to our patio table. I pour the paint on the paper and give her a straw so she can "blow" the paint. I thought she'd love that part since she loves straws, but no!! All she wanted to do was this:

The age for this craft is 2 1/2 & up and my daughter is not quite 2 1/2 so maybe in a few months we can try again. I'm sure if you children are older and aren't quite as active as my little one they will love this craft! Lesson learned: sometimes the simplest things can keep a toddler entertained, don't over think it!
  • Tempera paint in multiple colors
  • Plastic containers or paper cups (one for each paint color)
  • Water
  • Card stock
  • Drinking straw, cut in half
  • Glue stick
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Scissors

  1. Pour a small amount of each paint color into a separate container. Thin the paint with water, stirring in a spoonful at a time until it's the consistency of heavy cream.
  2. Help your child put a few spoonfuls of paint in one or more colors onto the card stock. Next, have her blow gently through the straw to spread the paint and create little monster limbs and tentacles.
  3. Let the paint dry, then glue on googly eyes or you can color some on. Cut out the monster, if desired, and mount it on another piece of paper.

    Age: 2 1/2+

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