Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Painted Penguins - Three Projects for Children
The girls (ages 5 and 7) went to work recycling previously painted rocks into penguin themed, winter, "welcome" rocks to stand outside our door. NOTE: It's best to use acrylic paint if you are not going to seal the rocks. Washable tempera paint will wash away in snow or rain.
While we had the paint out, I decided to have the girls help with party prep for our upcoming penguin themed party, by painting one and a half inch segments, cut from empty toilet paper tubes, and small (Dixie sized) paper cups, as well.
It was an extremely simple project to begin with, because all they had to do was paint everything black (and purple - C insisted at least one rock absolutely had to be purple).
Then, after the paint had time to dry, and the girls had been scrubbed clean, I helped them add the final details in white...
...and orange. The girls could have managed on their own, but I lent a hand to keep the mess down to a minimum, in order to avoid a third bath for them in one morning.
Then, we moved them to a paper covered counter top to dry, so they will be ready to grace the birthday table, as place holders (and a possible "find the pea", or in this case chocolate egg, type game)...
...or placed on their sides, like wheels, ready to be blown across the table table, in a face paced racing game (more on that later)...
...or propped up outside to welcome guests, and hopefully some winter snowflakes to our door.
It's great to be a homeschooler.