Who doesn't love snail mail?!?!?! Earlier this week the kids and I created some festive cards to pop in the mail to some of our friends.
The supplies were basic and I had most of them on hand, but I did pick up this package of cards at JoAnns for $5 (it was $10 and I used their weekly coupon). We used less than half of the package, so I think that it was well worth the investment :)
I wanted to introduce them to some new-to-them painting techniques and first up was sponge painting. The boys each cut out ghost shapes out of paint chips (I have a big supply of those in my craft closet) and then I taped them down onto the white cards. We used three different shades of purple and we took turns dabbing our papers with the same shade one at a time.
We used three shades of purple and talked about shades and color tones (warm and cool) and Luke explained to everyone how to make purple from primary colors. #ofcoursehedid
By doing one color at a time and passing around the sponge with that color we avoided a huge giant mess.... and only ended up with a huge mess. :) hahaha
After the cards had dried we taped removed the ghost shape and were left with a white ghost on a sponge painted background. The boys thought this was super cool and they then got to pick out googly eyes and draw on their "ghost faces".
Next up we "observed" some candy corn and then I gave them each a big orange paint chip and we painted on a white stripe and a yellow stripe.
I don't have any pictures of the next painting project because I was busy assisting, but we made thumb prints using orange paint (and Griffin opted for a hand print).
After Griffin went to bed, the boys and I worked on some Frankenstein cards.
I taped down a paint sample that I had cut into an appropriate size onto the front of a card and made a sample for them to look at. I knew that the cutting would be too tedious for Mason so I cut out his pieces for him and he focused on gluing.
After the cards were dry, we worked on our handwriting. For Mason I wrote out the names and he traced them. Luke wrote the names of his friends on his envelopes on his own.
For Mason I wrote the messages on the inside of the cards and he signed his name.