Posts Tagged ‘paint’

It’s an oldie but a goodie!

You will need:

(Washable) Paint

Egg box or paint palette



Tea spoon

Shallow box (we used a lid from a copier paper box)

You probably want to protect your clothes, table and floor those marbles get everywhere!

Dispense the paint into the egg box. Lay a piece of paper in the bottom of the copier box.

Plop your marbles into the paint. Scoop them out with the teaspoon and dump them into the box. We used one marble per child.

Start tilting the box and let the fun begin. Keep dropping the marble back into the paint for top ups/changes of colour.

This is actually good for both fine (teaspoon) and gross motor skills (tilting the box). It’s also good for sensory defensiveness as you don’t *have* to touch the paint if you don’t want to.

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Why am I writing about potato printing? (Apart from to tell you that it’s good sensory input that is!) Well because my lovely friend Bethan showed me a whole new way to cut shapes for potato printing. She does it with cookie cutters!

It was one of those knock-me-sideways-why-did-I-never-think-of-that-before moments!

She did this activity with Oscar and her sons recently; and I snooped around and took photos and got in the way!

And this is what she did:

Cut the potato in half and push the cookie cutter into the  flat edge.

Carefully cut off the excess potato.

Now you’re good to get out the paint and go!!!

And here is the finished artwork:

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Painted Canvas Tutorial (ish)

Have you seen those painted canvases everywhere?

You know the ones, horribly overpriced, very ‘trendy’, two or three in a set that sort of flow together as one?

Well as you may be realising by now I’m one to procrastinate a while thinking I could do better and then jump in with both feet! That’s how it was with these. I believe it’s probably actually been *years* that I’ve been saying I could do that. And then one day Jamie decided to brighten up the bathroom and I wanted something on my new turquoise walls.

So here we go in step by step land…

You can get blank canvases all over the place. They vary greatly in price and quality. I typically favour a pound shop or the works type variant. On this occasion though I splashed out and got 3 for £10 at WHSmiths. I loved the long thin shape. Now our bathroom isn’t all that big and in the end I discarded one of the three and decided on a set of two.

Once you have your canvas you need paint. Any acrylic would have done, but I still had the turquoise kitchen and bathroom paint and white ceiling emulsion on hand so that’s what I used! I used those foam type brushes to paint with and the lids of Chinese containers to mix on.

I also used a pencil, diamond glaze (or glossy accents, I forget, I tend to call them all diamond glaze!) and some teeny diamantes.

Start off lining up your canvases on the table in the same way they will be on the wall, and then draw your design across all at once. (I don’t have to tell you protect your clothes and table form paint now do I?)

Mix various shades of turquoise by adding white or dark blue to lighten or darken them and start painting. Try to do non touching areas first and leave them to dry before painting anything adjacent or it will make the lines go wibbly!

After filling in the canvases and waiting for the last bit to dry, (May I suggest a tea break while that happens?) add white accents to the edge of some of the swooshes or all of them if you get carried away like I did!

Add your diamond glaze (or similar dimensional adhesive) and diamantes on the edge of some of these.

Stand back and admire your art!

You can’t see them on the wall though until I post about the rest of the bathroom diy!


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Oscar has to have plimsolls to change into when he gets to nursery. A lot of kids have funky ones like doodles, but this mean mummy bought the £2 a pair black kind.

I decided to brighten them up a bit and this morning when he took them to nursery he was the envy of the playroom!

Here’s a little how to:

Gather your supplies:


Acrylic paint

Thin paint brush

Water for rinsing

Sharpie marker

Get painting! obviously for us it had to be a car motif, which is lucky as I’m not sure I could paint dinosaurs or pirates or super heroes! (Good luck with that if your little one is into those things!) I guess you could try pencilling on first, but I didn’t have much luck making that show up so I just went for it!

The first layer of acrylic paint tends to soak in a bit so you’ll need more than one coat. I did work out though that the paint doesn’t need to be all the way dry at all before splurging the next lot on top. Some Colours needed more layers than others and not the ones you’d expect. Red had loads of coats yellow only 2. I carried on util I had little traffic jams down each side of the shoes. As you can see I have a short attention span so some other vehicles crept in among the cars.

Then I spotted there’s a reinforcement strip running down the back of the shoe. This made the perfect traffic lights. If I had spotted it at the beginning I’d probably have had the cars all facing towards the traffic light in their traffic jam!

After all the paint was dry I outlined the cars in sharpie and added window details and I was done!

This morning a certain small boy tried them on and loved them!

However, I was required to draw on wheels.

“But they wont show because the plimsolls are black.”, I replied.

“Well just put in the wheel arches then!”

There was no answer to that, so I did


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Here is a short ‘tutorial’ for the egg box bugs that we made this week.

You will need:

egg boxes



googly eyes

card for wings (ours was corregated)

scrap paper for templates

glue (we used pritt stick)


paint brushes


How to make the bugs:

First cut the ‘cups’ out of the egg box.

Now paint theOUTSIDE of the egg box cups whatever colours you’d like the box to be. (top tip: use another egg box as a paint pallette!)


While waiting for the paint to dry, draw yourself some wing templates and cut wings from card.

Decorate wings using whatever comes to hand and leave to dry if required. (here fun foam shapes and glitter glue)

Once dry, apply googly eyes.

Choose a colour for legs. Cut a pipe cleaner in to three. Poke holes in the bug to thread legs through.

Add the wings using pritt stick or pva.

Your imagination is now the limit!!!



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So I already mentioned I’ve been gaining loads of inspiration from link parties right? Well I read about this car wash that a lady had made for her son while on holiday. I forget where I got the link to her blog from, but the blog is http://www.nouveausoccermom.com. The more I thought about this idea the more I loved it! So Oscar and I started construction!


Here is our take on the car wash:


The small box came with a delivery to work. We took off the parcel tape and label and stuck the flaps back down with double sided tape. (This is because poster paint doesn’t stick to parcel tape!) I cut the doors out (a steak knife is great for corrugated cardboard) and Oscar painted the box and a little piece of extra cardboard to be the sign and I added ‘car wash’ to it.

While they were drying we made the rollers and the floppy door curtain. (It was these that had made me love the original idea so much.) I cut the door curtain and strips to cover the rollers from a jay cloth. Oscar cut the slits in them.

We made 2 cardboard rollers (loo rolls were sadly too big) and Oscar helped staple the strips of jay cloth on. I stapled the rollers and curtain to the box and attached the sign with double sided tape and we were done.



Once we finished the car wash was immediately pressed into use, as one small boy decreed many cars to be very dirty. So much so that he created lanes from pennies to keep them all in order!


carwash in action

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So around here we have to take Summer in the odd days it arrives, and this year I think the English summer has been really rather good! [She types watching the rain trickling down the window.]


Here’s a flash back to a couple of weeks ago when Oz had great fun with paint in the sunshine. I’ve wanted to do this activity for a while but haven’t been brave enough, and you’ll note that even when we were brave enough I’m behind the camera and our friend Susan is in the paint. Susan works in childcare. I’m pretty sure she has No Fear.


all ready to start


The concept is simple. Wait for a sunny day and head outside. Tape paper to deck. Splurge paint into tray. Put feet in tray. Walk on paper to create Art. Repeat with various paint colours. Have bowl of soapy water and a towel ready!


all squelchy in here...


Oz has sensory processing issues so we were also prepared for total meltdown. Always an occupational hazard with a preschooler I guess. No meltdown came though he loved it. A Lesson for Mummy to be brave more often!


squelch squelch squelch


One thing I would say if you try this, that paint is very slippy! Lift small children in and out of the paint tray and maybe hold a hand until they get used to the slidey sort of movement on the paper.

 creating art!


Hope you enjoy summer time paintiness.

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