If your children are anything like mine, then you probably have heaps of artwork hanging around the house. What do you do with all those toddler paintings though? You know the ones, they’re cute and lovely but it’s just another piece of paper you don’t really need lying around the house. I’m a little ashamed to say this but I throw most of them away.
I was inspired by this image from Sarah Jane Studios and decided that this time I would make something lovely out of their colourful morning activity. I was also going to use the left overs for another animal craft later in the afternoon.
I used the same templates from our Colour with Nature activity. You can download them here. There’s also a kookaburra and cricket too, so it gives your child a bit of choice on the final outcome of the artwork.
And, it’s very easy to do!
Let your child paint
Let your child paint what ever they like. My girls still like to move the paint around the paper, so I wasn’t worried about offending them when I cut it up (plus they paint all the time). For older children, I would certainly ask first.
Cut from the Painting
I then cut out the animal template, pinned it onto the painted paper and then cut around the template. Don’t throw away that animal template yet! (see below)
I stuck painted animal paper into some white paper and put it in a frame that’s been sitting in our cupboard waiting for a beautiful craft activity like this.
I hung this one up in their cubby house.
Use the Left overs
Next, I cut up the remainder of their paintings into little bits and put it in a container. Using the same animal templates, I set up a glue station and let them stick their painting pieces on the animal. They really, really enjoyed this activity.
Using toddler paintings in two animal crafty ways! Brilliant! (even if I do say so myself).