There’s two things I love: 1) when things are festive 2) a theme. So, I love holidays with holiday themed decorations, activities, and outfits.
Today is the Chinese New Year! So, I thought we’d do an activity.
Now let’s be real- my kids didn’t know our January 1 New Year so they definitely don’t know that it’s the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year. However, daddy’s been gone all day and NO ONE HAS NAPPED, so we needed something to entertain us. I decided on a craft!
2017 is the Year of the Rooster. We may not know what New Year’s is yet but since we live on a farm- we DEFINITELY know what roosters are 😉
I decided we were going to do a simple painting activity. (Silly mama- there’s no such thing as “simple painting” by yourself with a 3 and 2 year old simultaneously!). I’m into using untraditional items to paint with to provide different sensory experiences and found an activity online where we could paint with forks to make it look like feathers, so we gave it a try.
Here’s what you need:
– printer/painting paper
– construction paper (we painted onto the printer paper and then cut it out and attached it to construction paper for a background because printer and painting paper gets flimsy).
– googly eyes
– glue (I forgot the glue. Don’t be like me).
– washable paints (I also suggest non-toxic because as I found out, when you give a 2 year old a fork she’s used to eating with to use as a paintbrush, it’s gonna end up in her mouth at least once).
– disposable forks
I started with Caleb and showed him how to dip the fork into paint and then make strokes on the paper with it. He required a lot of hand-over-hand to complete our picture because guess why? He simply didn’t like it. He likes art, he likes crafts, but apparently he likes to eat with his forks, not paint with them. Fair enough, man.
He hung in there and gave me a little on the paper for each color and then I released him to do what he’d been trying to do since we sat down to start painting……
………steal all the silverware.
Now you know I don’t want to waste all that so Mr. Man just set himself up to do a functional silverware sorting task tomorrow.
And no worries because whenever Caleb doesn’t want to do something, there’s always a little sister who’s ready and willing to take his place! So, Ari and I finished it for him.
After it dried I drew (I use that verb generously) a rooster onto the paper and cut it out. Caleb did return to help me glue the eye on and glue it to the construction paper.
It wasn’t our most successful artistic endeavor but we did practice fine motor control, got some sensory input, and were exposed to new language and new directions to follow so I’ll take it!
Next year is the Year of the Dog. We have 4 of those. I think we can find a way to be more successful with Lunar New Year 2018 🙂
Check out my Pinterest board for more Sensory Painting Ideas!