Milk Painting

Have you heard of Milk Painting?  It is a fun thing to do with little kids. Picasso and Cassatt love seeing the colors swirl in their milk paintings, and I love that it is an easy craft that doesn’t use any special materials and doesn’t add to the “junk” in the house.

Picasso enjoys mixing the colors.

Picasso enjoys mixing the colors.

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Cassatt enjoys the swirls

It is an easy project to do.  I use a rimmed plate and pour a little milk into it (not too much so it doesn’t overflow).  I then add a few drops of food coloring.  The poke at it with a toothpick dipped in dishwashing soap.  The colors explode!

Milk painting helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  It teaches them about colors.

It is a fairly clean craft as well, as long as the milk doesn’t get spilled.  I had to keep a close watch on them to make sure Cassatt didn’t get into the food coloring.  It was a good project, though, and we all had fun milk painting!

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DIY Friday: Word Art

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Cassatt loves watercolor painting!

Here is a project that you can do with your kids, and it only takes a few minutes!

I was painting with my son, and thought of one of my favorite quotes by Goethe:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

I don’t know why I thought of that at the moment, but I thought, why not put it on paper.  Not being anywhere near a computer, I took a pen and wrote it on a blank sheet of printer paper.  I then took some paint and did strokes around it–first in blue, then in purple.  I painted the center yellow to make it pop.Word Art

I was so pleased with it, that I bought a frame when we were at the dollar store (looking for potty training supplies).  I put it in a frame, and hung it in my new office!

This is a great project because it is easy.  You can use any quote or Bible verse. I think this quick project works best with a quote that encourages you to get moving!  I love watercolors because they are so forgiving; it actually looks good when things aren’t precise.  I am surprised how well the handwritten text looks (my handwriting is awful!), but it would also work well to print out a quote and paint around it.  Probably better, actually, although I don’t always make time for that sort of planning.

I will probably do a variety of these and swap them out!

If you do this project, please share! I would love to see what other people do with this.

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