Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Toilet paper flowers
We always paint with our watercolours set. I have noticed that when we do something over and over again the kids' attention span starts to wane. Worse still, the time spent painting gets shorter and shorter. I have also noticed that when you change just one aspect of an activity the kids' interest can be totally re-energised.
When I saw an idea in Skye Roger's book Paper Bliss that turns squares of toilet paper into paper roses I knew what I could do to re-invigorate watercolour painting.
Our Micador watercolour set came out and I grabbed a toilet paper roll. I cut a circle from each square of toilet paper. It might sound strange but the kids were intrigued. I asked them if they would like to paint on my cut toilet paper circles... they did. It took them a little while to realise they had to be gentle with the toilet paper. Their brushes kept tearing the paper. They soon got the hang of it and began dabbing the paint on and watching it bleed into the paper.
The girls painted many, many circles of toilet paper. We laid them all over the dining room table to dry. I didn't get a chance to paint as I was too busy cutting circles to keep them in supply.
After the paper had dried I stacked the circles in piles of four. I pushed a paper fastener through the stack and then scrunched each layer until I had a rose shape. We arranged them in a vase and they are sitting on the mantlepiece.
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