Hello, lovelies! I am once again ecstatic to be welcoming another of the Rockin’ Art Moms to Twodaloo today- this time it’s the amazing Ana from Babble Dabble Do! Ana is sharing an easy way to get kids of all ages (and adults, too) creating art together, along with some tips and tricks to make it a memorable experience for the whole family. After you are done reading her fantastic post and looking at her beautiful photos, be sure to hop on over to Babble Dabble Do and follow Ana on all her social media channels. Heeeeere’s Ana!
I fell in love with Twodaloo at first read and am so honored to be guest posting today! Thank you Stephanie!
One of the things I love about Twodaloo is Stephanie’s emphasis on why art and kid’s activities are so important developmentally for children. I’m a designer by trade and admit to not knowing much about the developmental side of most of the projects we undertake; I just like to create! However I do have loads of anecdotal evidence to back up my beliefs about fostering creativity in children. Case in point…today’s post, Family Collaborative Process Art!
I have three children, ages 6, 4 and almost a year. Up until recently I focused our art projects on my older kids but I have noticed that my soon-to-be-toddler is very interested in what we are up to and no longer content to sit on the sidelines. I’ve been thinking about ways to expand our family’s art activities to be appropriate for broad range of ages so he can be a participant not just an observer. I’m also interested in collaborative art projects and encouraging my kids to have fun creating together. I hope that this will foster memories of good experiences as siblings and with mom. So for this project I decided to create a little sensory fun for all by painting with edible paint on vinyl. Plenty of room for fun and exploration, super easy clean up! It’s process art at its finest!
Family Collaborative Process Art
- Edible Paint I made ours using vanilla pudding mixed with food coloring
- White Vinyl Sheet or white paper, fabric etc.
- Step One Mix your edible paints and lay down your vinyl outdoors for easy clean up.
- Step Two Invite the kids over!
- Step Three When your kids are done simply hose down the vinyl sheet (and maybe your children too)!
That’s it! You can see by the collage below how the scene unfolded at our house. It was fascinating to watch the kids use the same art materials in completely different and age appropriate ways. My baby immediately reached for the paints and tasted them, my 4-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to squish her hands (and feet) into the paint, and my 6-year-old son’s first instinct was to paint with them using a spoon. My son created images while my daughter was interested in mixing the paint colors. My baby did a modest amount of smearing but as you can see by his face afterwards, he was primarily interested in putting everything in his mouth.
- If you use a vinyl sheet please by all means do this project on grass or a soft surface! We started out on our back porch but when I realized how slippery the pudding paint/vinyl combo was we moved over to the grass, especially because my daughter couldn’t wait to paint with her feet!
- After seeing how much pudding paint my baby tried to eat, I decided that next time I’d go a little lighter on the food coloring. Add as much or as little food coloring as you can stomach seeing a baby ingest!
- Join in the fun! Have fun with your kids and art; instead of directing a project participate in it! Your kids will see your excitement and will learn from watching you create too.
- Involve your kids in the clean up. Hosing everyone down can be a fun part of the process too!
I’d like to coin a new phrase “The family that creates together stays together.” Creativity is a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine not sharing my love of tinkering with my kids. One of the most important goals I see for myself as a parent is fostering love, respect, and good feelings between my kids as siblings. Working together on family art projects is one of the tools I am using to reach this goal. Do you think it might work?
Ana Dziengel is an architect, award winning furniture designer, and creatively inspired mom making magic in sunny California. For more projects from Babble Dabble Do visit www.babbledabbledo.com. Ana can also be found on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google +.