I admit, I am super excited about this week’s item. I am a big fan of art projects and am always looking for the next masterpiece to display in my office. So when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge popped up with paper cups as the next creative project, I immediately thought it’s time to paint! I present to you, my mini artists-in-the-making, with Paper Cup Painting!
I always like to have canvases on hand to do major art projects a couple of times a year. They’re not always cheap, so I keep an eye out for sales or make sure to clip a Michaels discount coupon. The boys are pretty young, so I generally stick to washable paint for my own sanity, although it doesn’t cover as well and being washable means that I need to take care to not put finished items where they can get wet or otherwise damaged.
Painting is always a big hit for my kids and they’re mostly used to finger painting or using a brush. I was super excited to incorporate shapes and stamping with this project and they just loved seeing what the paper cup could create. They used the tops and bottoms and even started swirling and spreading the cups for different effects. Then somebody went “It’s a caterpillar!” and the project took on a whole new meaning with mommy adding eyes, antennae and legs to their creations. Finish it out with a couple of hand prints and these newest masterpieces are bringing a whole new level of awesome to my office. The boys loved every minute!
|Be sure to spread the paint a bit so it can cover the cup.|
J started out very methodical, and very carefully chose placement for his circles, while B was more creative in his approach and tried different methods to get different results with the cups.
|B – Caterpillar Lover and Texture Explorer|
|J – Methodical Starter and Rogue Smearer|