As a stay-at-home mom who doesn't send her child to a MDO yet I am a little jealous of those cute little holiday crafts. As much as I kind of hated making them as a teacher I kind of want them as a mom. They are cute & they capture a sweet stage of your childs life. I have pinned several little crafts to do with Emily but have yet to do one so I figured if we planned an event to do one then I would finally get one made.
So I pinned a cute little Halloween art:
And we planned our little mini craft morning. My friend, Amy & I bought all the supplies and let everyone know what it would cost to participate. We were actually going to prepare them all ahead of time by painting them but I had a cold and messed up our original plans. So I got there 30 minutes early to start painting them. Didn't work out too well but we learned our lesson & next time we will be prepared. Amy made delicious cheesecake pumpkin muffins that we all enjoyed & so did the kiddos plus served us up some coffee. The kids had a blast playing while we prepared the canvases.
1. Canvases (We used 8 x 10 - 2 pk $3.99 @ Hobby Lobby)
2. Tempura Paint - Black, White & Orange ($1.77/bottle)
3. Googley Eyes - we bought girl ones & plain ones
4. Paint Pen - White
6. Sponge brushes
We put the kids in the highchair with a snack and painted their feet while they were distracted. This is how I used to do all the arts & crafts in the infant room I used to work in and it works like a charm most of the time. Some kiddos just don't like getting their feet painted.
I made Emily a male ghost & a female ghost with her feet. I probably could have used a smaller canvas & probably will next time. I would still like to add a top hat or bow tie to the male ghost.
The spider art was actually made on a smaller canvas and his momma did come with the canvas painted (smart momma). We used a paint pen for the web and a sharpie for the writing. Wasn't about to attempt free handing with a brush :)
What we'd do differently...
Next time we will use craft paint to paint the canvases & tempura paint only for the childrens skin. We will actually paint the canvases early so they are ready to go when the party starts! We had to use 5-6 coats to paint the canvases which means we were painting way too long into the event & the kids were probably more restless by the time we painted their feet. We will also probably buy 2 paints pens because by the time I wrote on mine I was struggling to get the paint out.
Overall had a blast & have plans to make one for Christmas. Check out our pin board for your own inspiration -- The Momma Group.