While arts and crafts is a fun experience for your child, there are times when it is bound to get a little messy. Markers, glue and glitter are great, but no one wants to step in a pile of paint after clean up! So move your station outside! As the weather begins to warm up, crafts are great to make outside, whether in your backyard, the park or even on your doorstep! You can enjoy the sights and not have to worry about ruining your rug! Here are a couple of messy projects best suited for the outdoors.
Jackson Pollock Rendition
Based off of the famous artist, Jackson Pollock, this project will be sure to turn your child into an Abstract Expressionist for the afternoon!
- Large trash bag or butcher paper
- Old T-shirt or smock
- Heavy paper
1. Place the trash bag or butcher paper on the area set for painting. This is going to catch all the excess paint and minimize the mess.
2. Pour colors into separated containers, and place paper or canvas on the trash bag.
3. Your child is ready to begin! For a little inspiration, you can view a few of Pollock’s paintings here. While his paintings may seem rather arbitrary, there is a process to his color and technique. Have your child dip the paintbrush into their color of choice and stand over the paper and let the paint drip. Since you’re outside, your child can alter their position on the paper, or even move the paintbrush to apply the paint differently.
4. Use as many colors as your child wants until the canvas is fairly covered in paint.
- White (or clear) glue
- 1 Teaspoon of Boarx
- Paper cups
- 1 Cup of Water
- Food coloring (optional)
1. Mix the Borax and water in a cup and set aside
2. Mix the glue and water into a bowl. If you choose to use food coloring, mix that in as well.
3. Pour the Borax/water mix into the glue mix and begin kneading.
4. At first touch, it will be quite watery, but as you keep kneading, a more solid consistency will form.
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