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Today's activity comes from Katie at Explanation Required! I LOVE this and will be doing it with my boys once we find the perfect quote!
Summer is usually filled with kids constantly whining that they're bored and have nothing to do. It can sometimes be hard to come up with ideas to keep them occupied, which is why Crystal's series is so awesome! A few years ago my then toddler daughter and I spent an afternoon making a messy masterpiece together and I thought others might want to make some with their little (or big) kids too. Etsy is full of great pieces that can either purchased if you're not feeling particularly painterly, or can used as inspiration for a piece of your own. This "If it's not messy it's not fun" print seemed like the perfect saying for a kid's room and I decided to DIY a version that fit better in my daughter's space and would allow her to take part in a creative project. This is what we came up with: I love everything about it - the phrase, the colors, the fact that Charlotte made it, everything!! If you want to make something similar yourself, you'll need very few supplies: just a canvas, stickers and some acrylic paint. I'd initially planned to lay down black stickers, figuring it'd be easier for me to get things lined up right, but I misplaced them and had to use white. I think this was a happy accident since Charlotte didn't realize the stickers were there and so didn't mess with them. Just place those stickers on the canvas in whatever phrase or design works for you! (How cute would it be to do this with the whole alphabet?!) Then, with a single color at a time, let your kid go to town. We chose to use three colors - a light and dark shade of blue and a green. If you stick with analogous colors (close on the color wheel) like we did you don't need to wait long between coats. We actually didn't wait at all (you try to keep a 2 year old from continuing to paint!). If you choose complementary colors (opposite on the color wheel) you'll need to let the canvas dry completely between coats, otherwise you'll end up with a muddy brown mess.
Thanks Katie!! I can't wait to make one!! And be sure to go visit Katie at Explanation Required!
When you're done making art...be sure to whip up some Rainbow Pudding Pops, too! :)