1st rule of Crafting With Kids: Use what you already have. I know it is tempting to buy all kinds of new and shiny craft supplies, but sometimes the best crafts are ones that are made with stuff around the house. My kids love to paint with shaving cream and I am positive that yours will too! They also make amazing gifts or cards like the Easter card we made with this art project.
Here is what we used for this craft:
- Shave Foam – I bought on Clearance to later find out that hubby will only use the gel
- Paint – left over from other projects (I tried to use up the colours that only had little bits left)
- Cardstock – from my personal stash
- Trays – I had some dollar store serving trays stashed away
This is how we did it:
- first, fill up the trays with shaving cream
- drip paint all over the surface
- once happy with the designs, use q-tips to swirl the paint around
- place the card stock on the shaving cream and “gently” pat it down, then carefully peel the paper off
- put the paper on a flat surface and run the squigee over the top to remove the excess shaving cream and paint
- -hang the art to dry!
This brings us to RULE #2 of crafting with Kids – Share the wealth! I don’t know about you but I am constantly overwhelmed with kid art projects. I have learned that one of the best ways to keep this under control is to plan crafts that can be given as gifts or used seasonally as decorations.
The Miss and I converted the artwork into Easter cards for Grandparents and Great-Grandparents. I had some blank cards hanging around so I used some of my old scrapbooking gear to cut oval shapes (eggs) out of the front. The Miss cut and glued the finished paintings onto the cards and wrote messages. All that is left to do is pop them in the mail!