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Friday, July 10, 2009

Swat that....Paint?

Sticking with the bug theme, I found some great painting fun. Beware, this is messy. I did it outside. Make sure your little one is covered, if you don't want paint all over them.

For the project you will need:

Washable paint
paper plate
optional bugs

Pour your paint colors onto something that a flyswatter can easily be dipped into. I used paper plates. Have the child get some paint on the flyswatter and swat the paper. They can use all the colors or stay with just one. It leaves a great pattern. I only had one flyswatter here with one pattern, but if you have swatters with different patterns that would look great too.

You will see lots of rocks on my papers and plates. Of course the wind decided to kick up as I was putting everything outside. These rocks are optional.

I must tell you I actually had a good time doing this. I swatted all the colors on, then just kept swatting to mix them all up. Great way to take out your frustrations. It was funny, a young mom was taking her little one for a walk and there I am in the driveway swatting a piece of paper with paint. I'm not quite sure what was going through her head:).

My oldest then said that it would look neat with some bugs on it. And, guess what? I just happened to have some left over from bug camp. I had two kinds; flat foam sticker bugs, and small beading bugs--a little more 3D. I let my little guy add some bugs to the paper (he only wanted the flat stickers).

We were wondering what it would look like if we put the bugs on first and then swatted them, but I already had the materials away. If you do this I would love to see it?

Happy Swatting!

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Crystal said...

How cute! this looks like a lot of fun.

Bobbi & Noe said...

Definetly a must do for any family!

Jen said...

Hello! Thanks for thinking of me, Trish. It has been difficult lately. I've been so sick- luckily I have a prescription that is helping that is still safe for the baby. I'll be 16 weeks soon, so I'm hoping for some relief. It's been hard for me to blog with feeling so sick. Today, I had a pretty good day. Sorry for rambling. Love the bug painting idea. Very cute!

Creative and Curious Kids!

Denise said...

I know a little girl who would love this!

Miller Moments said...

Love this idea!

*Nikki* said...

oh now that is cute!!! thanks for sharing that!

Anonymous said...

That looks neat, and how much fun for the kids! I'll have to try it :)