By Marissa Will
Help your child share their creativity through art
Arts and crafts play a significant role in helping kids develop critical skills. While hanging original artwork on the kitchen refrigerator is certainly a bonus, creating projects using different handheld tools allows little ones to strengthen their motor skills and hand-eye coordination, experts say. While temperatures are heating up outdoors this summer, keep the creativity alive inside by interacting and engaging in summer DIY activities!
Here is what you need
- Shaving cream
- Craft pom-poms
- Food coloring
- Pinkalicious coloring page
- What is your child’s favorite color? Help them pick out a marker to fill in their cupcake. I told mine to focus on coloring the bottom of the cupcake where we would not be using puffy paint. However, they both decided to color the entire cupcake — I am all about welcoming creativity!
- While Olivia and Logan were busy coloring, I mixed equal parts of glue and shaving cream. When that was completed, I added three drops of red food coloring to create a pink (in honor of Pinkalicious).
- Now for the fun part: Allow the kids to use paintbrushes to add strokes of puffy paint (make sure it is thick). Olivia and Logan had a blast doing this; their facial expressions tell it all!
- Take out the sprinkles and encourage your children to add as little or as much as their hearts’ desire. Logan went with a light coating and Olivia poured in handfuls.
- The cherry on top (literally) is having the children choose a “cherry” of their liking from your craft pom-poms. Add a dab of glue and top their cupcake.
- Allow your project to dry. The puffy paint will harden and resemble frosting!