Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hanging Butterfly Designed with Shaving Cream Paint: Kids Crafts Project #36 of 300 Craft for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #36: Hanging Butterfly with Shaving Cream Paint
Spring & Easter Preschool Kids Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up  

  Paint design is unique, colorful and beautiful!
Each side is different!
Bright colors cheer up any room!
On this one we "painted" both sides and cut out a free hand butterfly
    
I thought I invented this idea of painting with shaving cream and then I went to Toy Fair and saw that Alex Toys has this craft coming out in 2011! They are brilliant, after all LOL!

Supplies Needed:
  • 1 Sheet Yellow Foam
  • 1 Sheet White Watercolor Paper (or other very thick white paper/poster board)
  • Brightly colored thin (.25") ribbon
  • Adult Scissors
  • White Glue
  • Double Sided Tape
  • 4 Googly Eyes
  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Squeegee
  • Deep Bin or Baking Pan
  • Hole Punch 
  • Newspaper and/or Towels To Keep The Work Area Clean

    WARNING: Food coloring can stain. Have your child wear old clothing and work in an area where it's ok to be messy!
Time Needed:  
  • 30 Minutes Plus Drying Time
What To Do: 
  1. ADULT: Add about 1 inch of Shaving Cream to bottom of deep bin or baking pan.
    Keep adding shaving cream until you have about 1 inch on the bottom.

  2. Add a few drops each of green, red and yellow food coloring to the shaving cream and then take a Popsicle stick (or other long thin object) and pull it through the shaving cream - first in one direction and then the other. It should look something like this.
    Pretty already!
  3. Take your white watercolor paper and put it on top of the shaving cream.
    The "painting" begins!
  4. Tap down lightly so that all of the front of the paper will have some shaving cream on it.
    NOTE: Try Not to submerge it completely (unless you want a 2 sided design) because it will get very messy!
  5. Wait 1-2 minutes.
  6. Lift out the paper and place onto newspaper or towel, design side up.
    NOTE:
    You need a hard flat surface for this part coming up
    How beautiful!
    I feel cheery already
  7. Take the squeegee and squeegee off all of the shaving cream! If you have to go back a few times just wipe the shaving cream off the squeegee with paper towels first.
  8. Set aside to fully dry (several hours or overnight) and REPEAT steps 3-7 with your yellow foam sheet this time.
    We did 3 white sheets, each a different size.
    Here's yellow! We loved how vibrant this was!
    Let dry completely.
  9. Also set that aside when finished and allow to fully dry.
  10. Print out 2 copies of this butterfly template from TwistyNoodle.com at 30% of regular size.
    Top is regular size, bottom is at 30% size.
  11. Use double sided tape to tape it to the BACK of one of your dried paper designs.
  12. ADULT: Cut out the butterfly pattern, leaving the antennae ATTACHED to the body of the butterfly. This should be ONE piece only.
    Example of what cut out butterfly should look like. Template at top.
  13. ADULT: Remove the butterfly template from the first piece and stick it to the yellow design now. Cut out the butterfly pattern the same way.
  14. Remove the butterfly template from the butterfly.
  15. Use double sided tape or white glue to attach the 2 butterfly designs together so that the design is facing outward on each side.

  16. Use your hole puncher to punch a hole about 1/2" below the antennae.
    Hole is where ribbon is coming out.
  17. Use white glue to adhere 2 googly eyes to each side.


  18. Let dry completely.
  19. Thread 1.5 - 2 feet of thin ribbon through the hole.
  20. Attach ribbon to itself, forming a complete loop, with tape.

  21. Hang on door knob, door, wall, or ceiling.
    I wish the colors had shown up better in the pictures of the white side.
    It has marbled pinks and greens all throughout!
    Pretty & cheery!
  22. ENJOY! You're done! 
  23. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose what colors of food coloring to use and how much to stir the shaving cream before dipping the paper!
If your child enjoys playing with shaving cream let him go right ahead and enjoy it BUT it's best to do this BEFORE the food coloring is added. The food coloring will stain his hands - although it will wash off later if soaked. 


For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by adding more detail to the butterfly like glitter or gems. He might even try making a design in the shaving cream and seeing how it applies to the paper. Additionally, an older child may be able to do his own scissor work.      


Associated Educational Activities:

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Clara Caterpillar" by Pamela Duncan Edwards. The text is full of alliteration and illustrations in the style of Dr. Suess. Clara's colors are kind of boring, not flashy like Catisha's, but what will happen when Catisha can't camouflage herself? Will Clara be the plain Jane heroine? Great fun to listen to and memorize. I predict it will become a favorite in your home!
Sing "The Little Caterpillar" (sung to Itsy Bitsy Spider)
The little caterpillar crawled up into a tree,
Spun his cocoon and slept so quietly,
All through the winter he didn't make a sound,
He dreamt of his new life when he'd be flying all around.
While he was sleeping the snow did gently fall,
Winter came and went, then her heard the robin's call,
Come on Mr. Butterfly, out of your cocoon
Spread your wings and fly for me, while I sing my tune.

Check out these FREE Butterfly Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
Grow a Butterfly! Collect a caterpillar, put him in a place with a closed lid (and air), provide leafy food and a few drops of water...and watch him grow into a butterfly!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.   
 
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2 comments:

Carolyn said...

I love your butterfly...he looks terrific! Easy for any age child, so long as the parent works with them and knows how much they can do themselves. Great post.

Little Wonders' Days said...

I love how these turned out too! I'm amazed at how much fun and how colorful it is to use shaving cream and paint together.

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