This past weekend, I babysat my niece on Saturday night. She's five and loves crafty stuff, being outside and staying busy. I usually need a plan. I decided that since it was GORGEOUS outside all weekend, we needed to do something crafty outside. Enter Pinterest and my Kids board.
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Those are eggs filled with paint. How could that not be fun?! It was definitely going to have to be an outdoor activity so that fit and paint counts as crafty so it was a win-win. I purchased 24 eggs and got to cracking. I'm pretty sure the store clerk thought I was planning on egging some person/car/house so that was entertaining. I used some utensil my mom had on hand that was long and pointy to poke a small hole in the top of each egg. I then carefully broke the hole a bit bigger until I could get the egg and yolk out. Then we poured the egg white and yolk into a few different bowls (we were trying to use them up. We had scrambled eggs for breakfast, made cupcakes with 3 eggs and my mom saved some to make a quiche). The shells got rinsed out and then put upside down in the carton to dry out.
Once they were all empty and dry, I simply filled each egg about 3/4 full of different paint we had on hand. You can see we had a few casualties along the way. My niece was helping to dump the egg out and she got a little over excited.
Then we all changed to paint friendly clothing, grabbed a couple pieces of large Bristol board we had and headed outside. My mom, my niece, my step-dad and myself then proceeded to take turns throwing or dropping the eggs on the paper. It was pretty fun.
Jixer was even near by and helped out by walking through the paint and trying to eat it. She's helpful like that.
This was a pretty fun craft - we all enjoyed it. Here is the finished artwork-
I'm pretty sure we could have sold it for millions until my niece proceeded to mix the paint with her hands after we were done- hence the blended areas. We don't really plan to use it for anything but it sure was fun to make! It's all about the process.
If you are going to take this on yourself, here are my words of advice. Do it outside. Prepare to get paint all around your paper. Either cover the ground around it or just be okay with paint getting there. Wear paint clothes. Put your dog away if you don't want them to have colourful paws. Also- do it on bath night. My niece managed to get some purple highlights through this process - not that she minded. It meant a bath in my parent's whirlpool tub. Jets are endlessly fun to kids- haha.
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