Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Painting!

We've been enjoying our summer vacation with little trips and lots of lazy days!  Best summer ever when hubby gets three straight weeks off from work!!

Like many places this summer, we've been getting quite the heat waves!  On days that are too hot to go on an outdoor adventure, we've found some painting projects, here is a couple and how they led into more ideas!

I coloured some glue bottles with food colouring, an idea I got from Almost Unschoolers, I also added some glitter shakers on the craft tray for added pizazz!

Butterfly loves a good sensory experience, so any artwork can turn into a crazy abstract finger painting of course! :)

Butterfly found a "polar bear rock", she called it, on one of our little summer getaways, she wanted to paint it all sorts of colours.  She picked out her acrylic paints and went to town painting her polar bear into a rainbow!

 Rock painting is very relaxing!

 There was still a good amount of paint left when she was done her rock, so I pulled out a canvas board from our craft resources and she continued her rainbow theme of many colours and painted a canvas picture!

And we finally tried Homemade Puffy Paint!  I've been dying to try this with Butterfly ever since I saw it on One Crafty Mum  and   Housing a Forest.

 1/2 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp salt, food colouring, enough water to make a paste, and pieces of cardboard (that will fit in your microwave).

 We started off using paint brushes and cotton swabs.

I couldn't resist, I love crafting too!!

It's a wet paste when painting with it, when the creation is complete, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and out it comes puffy and dry!

 A great texture board, Butterfly just loved touching it and feeling it.  I was thinking, this would be a great idea for toddlers.  Make a couple of boards and post them around the room at their height, and it's a great texture learning experience as children are so tactile.  Plus, it's even safe as the ingredients are just food ingredients!

We never let left over paint materials go to waste!  Next, we scooped the rest of the puffy paint into a squirt bottle, in rainbow colour! :)

I have to say, Puffy Paint is way more fun and a lot easier to use, using a squirt bottle then trying to paint with thick paste!

Butterfly loves any kind of squeeze painting (that's how our coloured glue project got started!)  Something about squeezing thick liquid out and watching the line of paint twirl and twist down into your creation!


I hope we inspired some Summer Painting projects... I have more in mind for Butterfly to try! You'll soon find out...  :)


  1. I really need to let my tot do some rock painting. She LOVES rocks!

    Great activities.

  2. I like how you layered the colors of paint in the squeeze bottles - what a fun idea!

  3. Great stuff! Adding this on our to-do list! I hope you and Miss Butterfly are having a great summer!

  4. great ideas! painting is relaxing :] thanks for sharing!

  5. I know my son would love to do the puff painting.Thank you for sharing these neat Art projects & sharing the Paint recipes :D

    Yep! I am a Blogger ;)

  6. I pinned this one multiple times, too many great ideas not to! Thanks for linking up to the We LOVE Paint linky party over at PreKandK Sharing!


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