We were due to have a little birthday party for Lily and Isaac’s Grandad last weekend. Sadly, we have had to rearrange until this coming weekend, but I thought I would show off the birthday bunting that the kids made TOGETHER… ah the bliss of a successful collaborative art project!
Lily (3 years 8 months) got started straight away on painting the bunting flags, and initially I had intended to just let Isaac (18 months), just play with the paints. I squeezed out red, yellow and blue paint and using his hands, demonstrated what to do. We had one very small incident of a finger with paint on being tasted, but I told him no and then demonstrated the painting “technique” again, and I guess he was just having too much fun painting, as he didn’t try to eat the paint again (that I saw…).
As Isaac, seemed to be enjoying the painting process so much I gave him one of the bunting flags and by this stage he was pointing at the bottles of paint that he wanted me to squeeze out, so I did the same sort of thing onto the bunting flag, let him smoosh it around and then replaced it with a new one, when it was finished!
For Lily, I had four pots of paint, with a different colour (that she chose) in each and a separate paintbrush for each. She also had a pot of glitter with a special sprinkling lid and a plastic comb (?) that when you scrape through the paint, it leaves a pattern. I’m sure there is a special name for this, but I can’t think of it right now. As you might be able to tell, the painting process happened in the evening.
The next morning, Lily helped to thread the flags onto some cord. Originally it wasn’t going too well as every time she tried to push the cord through the punched holes, it would split. Then I put a little bit of masking tape around the end and it kept the cord small enough to go through the hole, really easily. Obvious really, but I guess I must have thought it would have made the cord too big to fit through the hole or something!
Sunday Morning in your pyjamas craft! Although, to be honest, the main reason she was still in her pyjamas, was because we were about to cook some S’mores brownies and Lily wanted to wear her party dress that day… chocolate cake and party dress-not a good look! Lily has actually been doing and enjoying a few bits of sewing lately, I have another project of hers to share, when I finish writing up the blog post, so this was a great repetition of the skills she had been using for sewing.
Here is a close up of the bunting. The flag on the left is one of Isaac’s and the other two are Lily’s. The middle flag she used yellow initially and then added the green on top. The right hand flag you can just about see that she used the comb/scraper thingy to make a pattern.
Here is the full line of bunting. I think it turned out really great and the kids had a fantastic time making it. The bunting is making our living room nice and cheery until this weekend, when it will be accompanied by paper chains and balloons! All items that Lily thinks are wonderful!
- Eco Washable Ready-Mix Paint
- 300gsm canvas textured paper (for bunting)
- Non Spill Paint pots and brushes
- glitter with sprinkle lid
- plastic paint comb/scraper
- basic paper (for covering the table/practice painting)
- recycled cotton cord (for hanging bunting)
- masking tape (to stick paper covering table and to cover end of cord for threading)