Five Colorful Days – arts and craft


Day 1: Robot and Clover Sun-catchers

A fellow Instagramer had trouble making a plastic robot out of plastic beads and metal cookie cutter. It inspired me to make more sun-catchers out of Elmer’s glue! Here are the instructions from previous post.

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Day 2: Lowe’s Build and Grow Monster Truck and Pull Back Race Car

I found these little gems at Lowes. They were only about $6 each and was quite easy to put together by my husband (with J’s help hammering)! The kids had a blast painting it and they are such sturdy toys.

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Day 3: Rainbow Pot of Gold – paint sample tiles

With St Patrick’s Day around the corner, here’s an easy project to do with the kids. If you child need some guidance with the rainbow colors, I’d start them off by putting a few color tiles on the paper for them. I even showed the kids pictures of rainbows on my laptop as a visual example. You can even draw lines across the page so the kids know where to glue their tiles in. Label each line with the colors of the rainbow if you are teaching them to read.

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Day 4: 3-D Hands Keepsakes

I saw this neat YouTube video showing you how to make 3-D hands! I’m sure you can do similar with other tracing like: feet, shapes, etc

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Day 5: Rainbow-Colored Finger PRINTING / Painting and ABC Stenciling 

The kids are loving their magnifying glass and I thought it’d be neat to have a look at their fingerprints with them. Then I had J tried fingerprinting! I let N go freestyle finger-painting 😉

Then we tried out the new stencils daddy bought for us to learn our ABCs.

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What will you do with your week??


Homemade Puffy Paint – using microwave


I’ve seen a post by one of my favourite sites Happy Hooligans where they made puffy paint out of flour!

The ingredients are simple and toddler friendly. Here is their recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp Self Rising Flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Food coloring
  • A little bit of water (start with 1/4 tsp)

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Mix everything together till it is like stirred yogurt consistency. Not thick and not too watery. I personally found for that amount of flour and salt, 3 teaspoons and about 1-2 more 1/4 tsp till you get the right texture. Keep in mind you may need to add a couple of drops of water as you go because the mixture tends to dry and become more solid making it more difficult to paint.

The Hooligans used cotton swabs. Great idea! Our little Gnomes used paintbrushes. In retrospect, cotton swabs might be better as it keeps the paint thicker and easier to puff up when you microwave it. The paintbrushes encouraged our kids to spread the paint out more.

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Even I got into it!

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When you’re ready to puff up your painting, simply put your painting in the microwave for 30 seconds! I recommend placing a piece of paper towel underneath your painting. It helps absorb some of the excess water from your paint. Keeps your microwave clean too.


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We love the way it feels!!


Fun with Daddy’s Shaving Cream! Foam Art Sensory Play

I’ve been looking into some sensory play with materials we have around the house. I recall seeing a few Blogs using shaving cream.

1: Shaving Cream Finger Painting on Aluminum Foil 



  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Fingers
  • Lots of wipes for cleaning up!

Just be extra cautious! I was going to use popsicle sicks because food coloring stains but I knew the kids won’t care for that! So straight into finger painting! What’s a bit of stained fingers for loads of fun??

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Shaving Cream Foam Paint


To continue our fun with shaving cream, I thought we’d try to make foam paint  out of shaving cream. Unsure how it will turn out and what the exact recipe is, we’ve made a foam paint sampler!

I loosely followed a recipe from Meaningful Mama

  • 3/4 cup shaving cream
  • 1/4 cup Elmer’s glue
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • food coloring

She tried a few different recipes to work out her favourite. I suggest you do the same! I found the recipe above was a bit thick so I just added more shaving cream till it was the consistency I wanted for the grommies.


I put about 1-2 drops of food coloring in each small zip bags and then added the foam mixture in to mix with my hands.

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Snip a little hole in one of the corners of each bag to use it like a piping bag!


Then we used little cotton swaps (Q-tips) to paint. Watch out! The little ones won’t be able to resist FINGER painting and putting the glue mixture all over their faces! Make sure you have your wipes ready.

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I think next time…we might try making puffy paint that you can microwave!

Rainbow Glue Stained Glass


When I was a little kid, I had one of those lap desks where one side is a beanbag pillow and the other a desk! When I get bored…aka CREATIVE…I’d doodle on it with my color pens and then squeeze Elmer’s glue on top to make plastic rainbow stained glass globs!

So with J’s love for colors and doodling, I thought we’d try this out!

What you need:

  • Washable color pens
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Plastic flat surface
  • Creative toddler


Get your selection of color pens out and find a plastic surface that you don’t mind doodling on! We used the lid off of one of our plastic storage bins.

Then you doodle a blob of colors. Hearts, squares, circles, amoeba, etc. Squeeze out a blob of glue in the middle and let it spread. You can blow on it to help it spread.  Make it thin, or make it thick. Either way, it should dry overnight.

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J got distracted and started to draw a quetzalcoatlus haha. Look at the wingspan!


After we’re done with our colorful globs of glue, I placed the lid on top of our fridge to dry out overnight. Also to keep little hands off of it 😉

Just remember it’s up there! Luckily my son has a memory of an elephant….

Here’s the end result!

J loved it! He’s still playing with them now. Looking at the pretty colors, the little bubbles that form inside and the smooth, shiny surface they had.

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