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It can be difficult to enjoy art projects as a family when your kids are of different ages. Painting and a baby... no thanks! Don't worry, we've got the perfect project to get the whole family enjoying art together.
This process art project involves using a tissue paper bleeding technique to 'paint' a heart each. The great thing is that you can include babies and older siblings, with each enjoying their different techniques. We had a Dad, Mom, 4 year old and 10 month old test it out, here's how it worked:
1. Draw and cut out one white card heart for each member of the family. We traced around cookie cutters for this part and chose different sized hearts. Lay the hearts on a tray or on top of some scrap cardboard (to protect the table from the bleeding tissue colors when it gets wet).
2. Give the hearts a little spray of water to help the tissue paper to stick. Each family member then lays tissue paper squares over the top of their heart, so that it is completely covered. You can choose to make a pattern, or be completely random. Just make sure each heart is unique!
If you have a baby in the family, you will need to lay the tissue paper on their heart for them. Or even ask an older sibling to do this!
3. Now comes the fun part! Take it in turns to squirt the tissue paper with water. Your kids will love this process as they will start to see the color running from the tissue paper.
A word of warning- kids will love this so much that they might end up making a tissue paper swimming pool!! Be careful that the hearts don't get too wet, or else they will just rip and lose their structure.
4. If you have a baby in the family we've got a great baby safe hack for you. To include them in the tissue bleeding process, just lay a baby wipe over their tissue paper covered heart and put it in a sealed Ziploc bag.
It works best to put baby in their high chair. Let them enjoy some sensory exploration as they squish the water from the wipe onto the tissue paper. The cold sensation of the bag will be a fun novelty. Don't worry if they crumple it, just let them enjoy the experience! Once baby is finished, add a few squirts of water to their heart just to make sure you get nice vibrant colors.
It's so special to be able to enjoy a family art project, despite there being so many years between the artists!
5. Let the hearts dry for several hours and then gently peel off the tissue paper squares. Be careful with this as the card will be quite delicate underneath and may tear.
6. Decide how you want to arrange the hearts on the A4 piece of card and glue them on.
7. If you want to, why not present the family masterpiece in a simple frame!
Working on a project together is so much fun. It means that your full attention is on spending meaningful time with your loved ones. You also have the added bonus of getting to keep a beautiful picture as a reminder of the fun you had together! Baby sister sure was proud of the family masterpiece!!
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