Art supplies can get a bit expensive, especially if your children run through them in the blink of an eye, but there are a few materials you can actually make at home using ingredients you probably already have.
So here are a few little nuggets for those of you interested in mixing up a batch of paint or glue in your spare time! Now, I will confess I have not tried all of these recipies, I'll let you know which ones I did and update as I go along.
This is a fairly easy recipe. I tried this and although you do get nice vivid colours when the paint dries it leaves a very chalky substance (the dried cornstarch) on the paper surface. But hey, at a young age making art is about the process, not so much the longevity of the piece or even the final product itself!
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You can make gorgeous prints or homemade stamps by recycling your meat or vegetable trays. You know... those foam trays you toss when you take out your cucumbers etc. I use them for so many different things! But older children can be trusted to scrape simple patterns into them to make lovely prints. You have to cut them down to size first and then use a pencil to draw out the desired pattern. Then just brush some paint onto the pattern and press onto paper or maybe brown cotton to make a batik!
Recycled Crayon Bits
This one I simply have to try! If you have tons of teeny tiny crayon pieces that your children refuse to use, sort them according to colour families (they don't have to be exact). Then put them into tiny muffin tins, shaped ones if you have them, and bake them in the oven. Guess what? You get brand new crayons that are bound to be the star of the show!
See here for directions.
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This section of the blog is dedicated to you. Come to find inspiration, ideas and tips for encouraging creativity. I also hope this becomes a gathering place for like-minded parents to chat and engage each other on the topics as they arise! Let's work together to help our children have great experiences!