Secret messages, magical appearing drawings, wax resist painting is a favorite activity for kids. Using crayons and watercolors anyone can do this at home and kids can watch their drawings change in awesome and surprising ways as they paint.
There's something about pom poms that just brings out the inner child in all of us. I have no idea what it is about these balls of fluff, but somehow they can make just about anyone stop, drop, and play. Little kids (and big ones too!) will love getting to make something so fun basically on their own. Turning these adorable pom poms into cool creatures that you can play with for ages is just the icing on the cake.
When I was a kid one of my favorite toys was a little plastic scuba diver that would magically dive up and down in the water. Apparently this was modeled after a popular cereal box submarine toy from the 50s. Since our kids don't get toys in their cereal boxes, I figured maybe we could make something like this so they could experience the magic of childhood before flappy bird. Not only is it pretty easy to do, there's some neat science learnin' to be had along the way.
Yesterday we shared a fun way to make prints using string. Today we have another fun way to paint, blowing through straws. Why use a boring, old brush? Blow painting is much more fun. Kids will find it irresistible to see the paint skip and spatter across your paper as they blow through a straw; just make sure you have lots of paper on hand because they may not want to stop.
The fun thing about this easy craft project is that the magic happens out of sight, so the final result is a surprise every time. Experiment with different techniques, pulling your string in different ways and wait for the big reveal to see how your masterpiece comes out. Easy enough for the littlest ones, but kids of all ages and even adults can have fun with this.
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