We first traced circles onto our paper. Galeta and J did much better tracing inside a roll of masking tape than tracing the outside of a cup. For you with preschoolers, I recommend tracing inside a roll of tape or inside a round cookie cutter. You'll want to use a permanent marker so the ink will not run when you start painting.
Or you could do what Meg at Whatever did, she had her kids stamp the circles on the paper with a cup and black acrylic paint (but then you do have to let it dry).
After our circles were drawn, we colored them in with watercolors.
I felt like such a good mom. The kids were not fighting. . .they were thoroughly engaged in their paintings. I taught Galeta (home from Ethiopia for 3 weeks now) what a circle was and how to say it. We taught him the names of a few colors too.
I had organized an activity that kept a 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, and almost 40 year old entertained. Really, it was like so peaceful for a good 40 minutes. Look at their faces.
Here's J's final masterpiece:
And here's Galeta's:
And here's mine. If you use LESS water, the colors will be brighter. My kids kept getting that confused in their heads. . .they thought it should work: more water =more color, but no.
Oh it was a fun 40 minutes for all of us. We have gotten out the sharpies and watercolors and paper many times since then. It is a perfect activity for all age groups.
And it is so not messy. Well, until someone spills the water. Tip: pour a little bit of water in a shallow dish with a wide bottom as opposed to a cup, and the spills will be fewer.
Let me know if you give it a try. One last picture because the colors make me smile:
And for more activities to do with the kids, check out my Pinterest board called Kids Crafts (really all kid activities I have filed here). Click here for such things as 10 recipes for homemade art supplies: fingerpaint, watercolor paint, puff paint, playdough, flubber, bath crayons, lick&stick; stickers, bubble mix, sidewalk chalk & chalkboard paint or 38 Kids Crafts and Boredom Busters for the Summer. Also check out Meg at Whatever. . her Craft Thursdays can be found here.
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