I love any excuse to do crafts! My Little Dude is old enough now to participate and have fun making crafts with me, so homemade Valentine paintings for grandparents…here we come!
You can’t really go wrong with a homemade gift, especially for grandparents! My grandparents still have Christmas ornaments on their tree that I made when I was a toddler and they reminisce about them every year. I really want Little Dude’s grandparents to have keepsakes that he made that they too can cherish over the years.
I chose a painting project to attempt to show off the insanely talented crafting skills of their grandson… the craft truly was a success and one I would recommend to all, but of course there are a few elements to consider when painting with a baby/toddler:
1) Your baby/toddler may (correction, will) try to eat the paint! Be aware of this and ready to grab those little fingers away from their mouths!
2) You as well as your baby will get full of paint – have another adult or someone who can prepare the bath tub at home so you don’t end up with a painted house!
3) I thought my Little Dude would want to do finger painting… he did not. He wanted to use the sponge brush I had. Not an issue, but be careful when that brush is being waved around in the air!
4) Just because the painting is “finished” doesn’t necessarily mean your little one wants to stop painting – be ready for a bit of a fit and have some fun bath toys ready to change their mind when onto the next activity, bath time!
What you need:
- Canvas (you choose the size)
- Painters tape (you choose the thickness)
- Paint – we used red, pink and white craft paint from Dollarama
- Sponge brush (this is optional, but as mentioned my Little Dude didn’t want to use his fingers…)
- Paper plates/bowls – use these to put the paint in
- Cloth/Mat for the floor – I used an old table cloth from Dollarama that I have painted on before. this makes clean up WAY easier (and saves your floors!)
Step 1: Tape letters on your canvas & prepare your painting area (do this during nap time!)
Step 2: Paint with your baby (have the second adult prepare a bath for when you’re done!)
Step 3: Let the paint dry and remove the tape slowly
Finished product! Don’t forget to write your child’s name and the date on the back!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
My shoes for that: Michael Kors blush pink slip on sneakers
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