Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pom Pom Painting and our Valentine

Hi! Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day! I did, I had an interview and got the job! Woo Hoo! The rest of my day was spent with my little love, Josiah!

The day before V-Day, Josiah and I wanted to "kill two birds with one stone" and make our Valentines with the pom pom painting technique.

To set up, I took four pom poms (red, green, yellow, blue) and four clothes pins. I attached one pin to one pom pom and then placed each color pom pom in it's corresponding little pot of finger paint. We were making valentines for his daddy and daddy's girlfriend so I presented the materials to him with two folded sheets of construction paper.

Here's how it went…

As you can see, Josiah took the pom poms out right away, only making one or two dabs with them on the paper before he stuck his whole hand in the pot of paint. It was at this point I was glad there wasn't much paint left in these pots and that the set only cost a dollar (Dollar Tree!). 

This pretty much explains how just about every paint adventure goes with Josiah. He absolutely loves getting his hands messy with paint. I had to convince him to put his painted hands onto the paper, he was way more interested in just rubbing the paint in his hands like lotion. Silly boy! 

Since Josiah enjoys using glue, I wrote and cut out some words and helped him stick them onto the cards. This was the end result. Pretty right? Ok I know my handwriting is crap but it's the thought that counts right?

For the inside I wanted something interactive for him and the recipient to be able to work on together. I also thought it would be fun to play off of Josiah's current favorite movie Despicable Me 2

Here is what I came up with :) 

Using construction paper, I cut out a basic minion shape and colored in the gloves and shoes. I also cut out some overalls, a mask, eyes, mouth and heart and then drew the finer details myself. The idea was that Josiah could help his valentine glue the pieces on and rebuild the minion. 

In the end, Josiah ended up mixing all of the colors in the paint pots which was fine because I washed them all out and can mix new colors in them or store play dough in them now. Win!! And, I've learned my lesson too. From here on out, I'll only give a LITTLE bit of paint per project. You should have seen the mess he made and how I freaked out when I bathed him and bright red came out of his ear (because he decided to touch his ear with a red painted finger). Gotta love crazy, curious kids.

How'd your V-Day go this year? Did you get anything special? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

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