Friday, March 29, 2013

Painting with Easter Eggs

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Plastic eggs have many uses.  I've shared a post on It's Playtime that included 10 ways for repurposing these little treasures.  One of my favorite activities involves a bit of paint and a little messiness but a lot of fun for little hands.  Here are two ways to paint with plastic eggs:

Box Rolling

  • Small box or box lid
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Glitter (optional)
  • 2 Eggs (you can weigh them down by putting marbles inside and you may need to tape the eggs shut)
Place your paper in the box lid and squirt in some paint.  Add the eggs.  While holding the box, roll the eggs around.  You don't have to weight the eggs down (I didn't in the above photos), but if you don't, they tend to stick a bit.  Don't be afraid to allow little hands to roll the eggs instead.  For added mess, I mean glitz, sprinkle some glitter over the wet paint and leave picture to dry.    

Paint Stamping

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paper plate
  • Plastic eggs of different sizes and shapes
  • Glitter (optional)
Set out a paper plate with different colors of paint and the halves of plastic eggs.  Your little one(s) can dip the eggs (or hands and fingers) in the paint, then stamp them on the paper.  You can use this chance to talk about shapes; the difference between circles and ovals.  Sprinkle the wet paint with glitter and lay out to dry.    

For more Easter ideas, as well as other activities involving plastic eggs, check out my Easter Pinterest Board.  

Art doesn't have to be complicated.  It's about the process rather then the product.  You simply need to be brave enough to accept the mess as part of the experience.

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