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Toddler fine art

Posted in Art Activities for Kids by Sarah Lipoff on 05/13/2012

We had this cubby in our bedroom that needed something. I happened to have an unused canvas that needed a little something, too. It was also the perfect day for doing an art activity with my toddler. Mother’s Day is all about being a mom, celebrating mom, honoring mamas all around us, making special memories with your kids and remembering memories that you’ve had with your mom. Making something together that then would be displayed in our home was the perfect thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. And, this is pretty much a no-fail way to create something seriously cool to hang in your house. Even if you’re not that crafty you only need a few things, it’s okay if things get messy and all smooshed up, and you can use any color combo you’d like. Older kids can get into creating patterns or intricate designs – or you can just go willy-nilly like we did.

Start by cutting lots of squares out of tissue paper. Older kids can be in charge of cutting tons of squares, big or small, and of any color. Once you’ve got a big pile, mix together equal parts of Mod Podge and water in a small container, get out a few brushes, your canvas (any size), and cover your work area with newspaper.

Now slather the canvas with Mod Podge and start layering on the tissue paper squares. This gets messy – and sticky – but it’s lots of fun. Your kids can watch as the tissue paper squares blend together and create new colors.

Once the entire canvas is covered, let the tissue paper and Mod Podge dry. What’s great is the Mod Podge gives things a nice gloss, creating a really finished feeling.

We decided on accenting our tissue squares with circles, but you can use any shape you’d like. Squirt a few drops of acrylic paint onto a paper towel to create a stamp pad. We found that paper cups created the perfect circle stamps and placed lots of black and white circles all around the canvas.

The finished toddler fine art fit our empty spot perfectly!

And I had a wonderful time spending Mother’s Day with my tot.


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  1. Ali said, on 05/15/2012 at 8:45 am

    Wow! What a fantastic idea! It looks like something out of a modern art gallery 🙂 I will be buying a job lot of cheap canvas and tissue paper next time I’m at the craft shop and we’ll be making these for Christmas presents!

  2. The Monko said, on 05/19/2012 at 5:33 am

    That looks fantastic, I’m impressed that she managed to cover the entire canvas, my son would have gotten bored. The colours are wonderful too.

  3. crystal@growingajeweledrose said, on 05/21/2012 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous! I love it! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with Tuesday Tots. I have pinned this to out Tuesday Tots board 🙂

  4. Theresa @ Two Much Fun said, on 05/23/2012 at 3:24 am

    Wow! I love this. You are so creative! Thank you of sharing. We’ve made sun catchers using contact paper and cut squares of tissue paper- but this is gorgeous!

  5. Amy @ Z is for Zel said, on 05/24/2012 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your idea on my link up recap post.

  6. Debs- Learn with Play said, on 05/25/2012 at 12:28 am

    I really love this. It’s easy yet looks amazing at the end. I’ll be trying it for sure. Saw this featured on Z is for Zel. Pinning to remember it 🙂 (I’m new to your blog by the way and it looks great! Do come by and say hi over at Learn with Play @ home some time) Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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