Days In, Parenting, Preschool Craft

Painting the News

I have been a bit uninspired recently with home activities. Trying to keep two children of different ages interested without causing irreparable damage to the house has been a difficult task to juggle. But as it is the Dude’s last week at preschool, I decided we should at least make an effort with the Thank You cards.

A quick flick through Pinterest and I rediscovered an idea that we used a couple of Valentine’s a go.  A simple idea of using liquid watercolours and old newspapers – I mean, when you have two small children and a hectic life, what else are newspapers for? You can find the original one we followed here.

There are many things I love about this idea. Firstly, I love things that the Dude can do mostly by himself, without me controlling the process too much. This is perfect for that, only a little help cutting was required, so I could sit back and enjoy my cuppa knowing they would look cool whatever he did! Secondly, I love activities where Pea can join in too and step one is perfect for an over-helpful toddler!

What you will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Liquid Watercolor
  • Brushes
  • Template – this time we used an apple shape 
  • Watercolor cards
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: you can either collect together old newspaper that has been used to protect the table from a previous painting session, or perhaps more fun, paint the paper specially. This is the step most enjoyed by the little ones as anything goes!

Painting the news (2)

Another reason why I love this idea is because liquid watercolours are awesome! I only discovered them last year and although they are more expensive than food colouring, I much prefer using them to dye our sensory projects. They are also really lovely to paint with too and, although pricey, you only need a few drops so I don’t have too many heart palpitations when the little ones are using them.

Step 2: While the newspaper is drying – it shouldn’t take too long depending on how enthusiast the painters were – you can then move on to painting the cards. I suggested that the Dude create an ombre effect working down the card, letting the colours bleed into each other, but he preferred to just paint random sections – a deep breath in and I left him to it.

Step 3: Another good things about this is there is little waiting required because as the card is drying you can then move on to cutting out the newspaper shapes. We chose apples this time and have done hearts in the past so I think any image you want would work well. One word of warning though, you might want to check what news stories you have painted on, when you see your first apple has the word sex in big bold ink right in the centre, you realise this important detail!

Work in Progress

Step 4: Once everything is nice and dry, we simply glued the apples onto the cards. It really is that simple and I think they really do look good. I am focusing on how impressed I am with them so that I don’t have to think about them being goodbye cards for his amazing teachers!

Finished Cards

Let me know if you try anything similar or if you have any other good activities to keep a 4 and 1 year old happy!


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