Lately the boys have been begging for “craft projects” – which, I’ll admit, thrills me to no end. I LOVE art projects. I LOVE creating pretty things with mixed media (in this case crayons and dot-a-dot paint). And when we collaborate, I love the results we achieve.
Today I’m sharing one example of this. While the boys were dot-a-dotting paper, I took out some blank Project Life cards and had some fun.
- Dot-A-Dot Paint Markers in Original (what I used) or Brilliant
- Washable crayons
- Project life 3×4 white cards or 3×4 grid cards or white cardstock cut into 3×4 cards
Space blank cards on top of some scrap paper. Space apart, but close enough to let paint touch two cards at once.
You can make circles (the shape of the dabber), simple shapes, or streaks. Use hard dots, lines, and random patterns to create cards that you can add text to, maybe photos, or stand alone in an album. I liked how the colors looked when they were blended together and used that to create some of my patterns.
The possibilities are endless, truly, and that’s the fun part of this project.
Ask Kids to Make Their Own
One of our next projects will be to have the boys create their own project life cards to add to our album. It’s a quick and easy project that uses the colors you choose (something I want), adds a touch of personality to your album, and has a meaningful story behind it.
I love painting with my boys, truly, and these markers allow me to do that without the fear of mess. It’s a great indoor art project, and a perfect winter activity.
Of course, if your kids are anything like mine, you’ll need a backup activity quickly. We love these Dot-a-Dot activity sheets, which give just enough guidance and just enough interest to keep the boys busy while I make my own cards.
Originally, I was planning to use these to organize family outings for the fall, but I’m so busy with other projects, there just wasn’t enough time. I love the colors, though, and can see myself using them for some kind of memory keeping project probably after the holidays.
There are no rules with kid’s art supplies. See where your creativity takes you!