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Creative Play: Process Art Masterpiece

If you haven't noticed already, a lot of the activities I post are all about process. Meaning, it takes a few days to finish the activity. This project took the kids about three days to complete and each day I added something new for them to add onto it. The best part is at the end of the project you'll have a kid-made art piece to hang up. I'll lay out the step-by-step process for you below:


- Canvas, Shoe Box Lid (these are great because it creates a no-mess activity), Thick Cardstock etc

- Paint

- egg carton, something to separate the paints in

- Paintbrushes

- Any other paint tools, bench scraper, sponge (a bunched up paper towel works great too)

- Oil Pastels or Woody Pencils

- Glitter

- Liquid Glue

- Tissue Paper

- Washi Tape

- Small Picture of your child

- Mod Podge

Day One: Have your child pick the paint colors he/she would like to use. If you can set this up outside, even better! The less mess in your house right now, the I right?! Let them use a paint brush, cars, any other paint tools you can find.

Day Two: The paint is dry now, and it's time to add another layer of fun. First, have them draw whatever they'd like with oil pastels or my new favorite, multi-use pencil: the woody pencil. After, have them use a paintbrush to spread out a layer of glue on their painting. Next, comes the glitter and tiny pieces of cut up tissue paper. Let them go wild, kids love glitter!

Day Three: The last layer of the masterpiece, washi tape and a small picture of your child for them to glue on. They may need assistance with the tape, depending on how old they are. After they add the tape, then its time to glue the picture on (you can either put Mod Podge on the back of this, or Rubber Cement works too). Lastly, have them paint on a layer of Mod Podge. This adds a clear coating to the painting and keeps everything in place. That's it! I haven't gotten frames for Charlie and Caroline's yet, but when I do I'll be sure to share.

* The materials I used: glitter, tissue paper, tape etc, are all optional...just use what you have. I also have the video tutorial saved in my highlights under "creative play" on my instagram.

- Ashleigh


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