Sponge Painting

It’s a very simple and cheap activity. All you need are:
* Sponges (make sure they’re not the kind with soap already soaked in them)
* Cookie cutters (or anything that can be used as a stencil)
* Marker
* Scissors
* Paint and paper

Having an entire box of cookie cutters, I had my choice of shapes. I choose a few, traced them onto the sponge, and then cut them out. The cutting was significantly more difficult than I anticipated, so I would personally recommend staying away from shapes that are more complex. Once the sponges were cut we were ready for our art project.

At 1 1/2 years old, stamping is a concept my son only partially appreciates. He thought it was neat, and even discovered that it worked better if he brushed the paint onto the stamp rather than dipping it on to the plate.

Mostly he enjoyed smudging the sponges around the paper, creating his typical blend of color across the page. The end result was not unlike his other paintings, except that you might find a recognizable shape such as a star or elephant somewhere on the paper.

That’s not what matters though. The important thing is that he got to explore a new way of doing a familiar activity. It allowed him to experiment, and once the sponges are rinsed out and dried we now have new materials to add to his art supplies.

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Scented Edible Finger Painting

Who doesn’t love finger painting?

Okay. Maybe parents who are easily irritated by mess, but what child doesn’t love finger painting?

If you’re looking for a finger painting activity to do with a baby who is still putting everything in their mouths, or if you’re looking for a new way to experience finger painting in general, this is something you should try!

This paint is completely edible, and the best part is that it has flavorful scents! Definitely an exciting alternative to the same old art project.

Not only is this a great art activity, but it’s also a wonderful sensory project since the child can feel the paint as well as smell it.

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:
Plain yogurt
Packets of kool aid (various colors)

Directions:
Mix kool aid with yogurt to make paint. And that’s it!