Read This, Made That {Tissue Paper Pumpkin}

I cannot take the credit for implementing this adorable craft, but it is the kid’s handiwork.  Last week our family friend, Billie, babysat and brought a craft for the quads.  Being a former preschool teacher, Billie is a pro with the crew.

She printed jack-o-lantern coloring sheets from Make and Takes and colored the faces with black marker.  Then, she pre-cut and wadded orange and green tissue paper into squares.  She dotted glue along the pumpkin and let the quads stick orange tissue squares there.  Then she dotted more glue along the stem and vine for the green squares.

The activity paired well with The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever!, coincidentally a gift from Billie.  There are flaps throughout the book, and the goal is to find and count all of the hidden pumpkins. Beneath the final flap is an enormous jack-o-lantern.

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Hugs!

Amber

PS- Don’t forget to share photos of your Halloween art on our Facebook page!  We’d love to see it.

What Paintbrush?

As much as I enjoy doing art projects with the quads, I’ve admittedly avoided them in recent months.  Winter wardrobe is simply not conducive to messy art projects.   However, I knew it was time to put my reservations aside and let the quads try their hand at painting with brushes for the first time.  I waited until George had a day off so I had help managing the eight little hands and forty fingers. Thanks to Sesame Street, the quads are highly interested in the alphabet and letters in general.   Given that, I thought it would be fun to let them paint their initials.   We started with square canvases and taped off each baby’s initial with masking tape.  Then, we let them go with a cup of paint and paintbrushes.

We gave each baby a square canvas with their initial taped across the top.

It took Sydney less than 30 seconds to dip her fingers into the paint and slather on some crimson lipstick.  Red is not easy to pull off, but  it was a good color for her.  This is also the reason we use non-toxic tempera paint!

Things started out slowly with daps here and dots there.

Things started out slowly with dabs here and dots there.

It didn't take long before babies started "borrowing" paint from each other, creating some uniuqe color palates.  You may notice they not only painted their canvases and the table, but also their hair!

It didn’t take long before babies started “borrowing” paint from each other, creating some unique color combinations.

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You may notice they not only painted their canvases and the table, but also their hair. Mason added the most color to his hair, he loves adding “product” to his hair.

 

This is how everyone looked after painting their respective masterpieces.  I believe Rylin was channeling Frida Kahlo.

This is how everyone looked after painting their respective masterpieces. I believe Rylin was channeling Frida Kahlo.

When it was all said and done we had a gigantic mess to contend with, but it was thankfully bath night and our Bumkins smock bibs protected all clothing perfectly.  Even better, the paint was easily rinsed from the bibs and they came out of the washing machine looking like new.  Once the paint dried, we peeled off the tape, revealing the initials.   Even though the babies weren’t quite yet skilled with paintbrushes, it was certainly good practice and a fabulous sensory experience!

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Here are all of the little masterpieces. I think they turned out really cute. Now I’m just not sure where to display them.

Hugs!

Amber