To celebrate Mother’s Day we have created this fun and easy flower canvas. Explore the different coloured buttons and see your canvas bloom! This activity helps to develop your child’s fine motor skills, colour recognition and can also help with emotional development as they can share this activity with friends.
We are in our last couple of days of the challenge and I thought that it would be nice for Izzy and Boo to share today’s activity and we could all make something that would remind us of our ‘100 Day’ adventure.
I happened to have a large canvas in my stash so we got to work creating our shared masterpiece….
With an extra bit of ‘Mummy Make’ we produced a really lovely piece to hang on our wall 🙂
So today is all about collage! We need to finish off the canvas for ‘Nana’ and get it put away ready for Christmas. I love the collage bit of our activities. There is just so much choice out there – whether it be sequins, glitter, gemstones, foam shapes, buttons, match sticks – you name it, I’m sure it could be used as collage material some where 🙂
What You’ll Need
Collage Material – whatever you have in…sequins, glitter, buttons etc
PVA Glue and Spreader
Whenever I do an ‘Arty Birthday Party’ or class I always end up with a bunch of collage materials at the end that are all mixed up and that I just cannot face separating – behold the collage ‘pick n mix’!
I love this! It’s a sparkly, twinkly, jumbled mish mash of materials but it’s great for random collage. You just pour it out into a bowl and watch your little one spend ages sorting through it and selecting their goodies – plus nothing has been thrown away!
I let Boo get on with his ‘stickin’ Mummy’ as he can be quite particular about where things are to be placed. When he’s more comfortable he asks me to be chief gluer and eventually I even get to place some things on the canvas!!
The thing about painting with young children is that quite often all the lovely bright colours get swirled into a muddy brownish mess. After quite a bit of practice I have figured out a few ways of avoiding this – it doesn’t work every time but in most instances it can be quite an improvement 🙂
What You’ll Need
Paint – we used Brian Clegg Ready Mixed (nice and bright)
I used separate dishes for each of our paint colour choices – less chance for a swirly mess! I had chosen pink, turquoise and purple, as today’s activity was eventually going to be Boo’s present to his great-grandmother and these were her favourite colours.
Masking tape is a great way to add interest to a pre-schooler’s canvas – you could use it to tape the initial of their first name, add stripes, shapes etc – whatever you like. When they are done painting you can peel the tape away to reveal a nice bright outline which could also be collaged.
Boo used his brush to cover the canvas with paint. I was careful to keep rotating the colours to him so that we didn’t just end up with layers of the same colour but more of a blend of all three. When he was done the colours did look a bit ‘blobby’ in some areas so I gave him the foam roller to use again. The roller is great for taking off excess paint and for blending the colours in a lovely subtle way – this can sometimes improve the look of a canvas and make it easier to collage onto – plus Boo always goes crazy with the roller so it’s pretty much a given that every inch of the canvas is covered by the time he is done 🙂
When Boo was finished painting we peeled back the masking tape to reveal a lovely bright white letter ‘E’ all ready to be collaged tomorrow!