Hello! My name is Beth and I blog over at Our Pretty Little Girls. I am so excited (and nervous) about my first post as a contributor on Beauty Through Imperfection. It is such a treat to be able to share with Paula’s readers.
Today I want to share a quick, easy, simple kids project with you. It sounds almost to good to be true, doesn’t it?!
Sometimes I tend to get so wrapped up preparing a complicated project that I forget the fun that can come with keeping our craft time simple and add in some unexpected materials to keep things new and exciting
This week we decided to explore texture and work that into our art time.
For this project you will only need 2 supplies, sandpaper and crayons.
Please note: I would recommend being cautious where you work on this project. For example: giving a toddler a piece of sandpaper at a wooden dining room table may not be such a great idea. So use a table cloth, or go outside.
I started by gathering a variety of papers ranging from plain paper to coarse grit sand paper. We compared and made observations about visual differences and the way the papers felt. We also talked about what would happen when we tried to draw on them. Could we draw on sandpaper?
Once we had observed, discussed and compared we began coloring.
Not only did it work, the coarseness of the paper causes the crayons to adhere much better than the smooth paper leaving you with gorgeous vibrant colors.
There are so many possibilities with this idea. Cards for dad and grandpa, Christmas ornaments colored and cut into shapes. I am sure you guys can think of several more to.
Emily drew spiders, much to her sisters disapproval.
Marissa did her own take on my picture.
Using new materials in art not only make for something new and exciting, it also helps to get little minds working and wondering. In fact, Marissa came inside and ran around the house looking for unexpected things she could add to our next art project.
Go raid the tool box and get creative!