December 29, 2012

Frozen Waffle Snowball Prints

Frozen Waffle Snowball Prints





Frozen Waffle Snowball Prints were made from frozen waffles, which were painted and then printed. The prints could stand on their own as art. They could also be used to make a snowman, which is what we're going to do in our next post.  So make the prints this week, and then stay tuned.




Procedure:



  • Calvin's first step was to squeeze the paint into the container.  He knew where the paint went and that the bottle had to be upside down, but he didn't understand how to squeeze the bottle.  We worked together, but it won't be long until he will do it himself.




  • Painting the waffle came next, and that called for 'the big brush'. Calvin loved the big brush. He raised his arm real high and made sweeping dabs at the waffle.  I was surprised he could paint that way, but he got the job done.




  • The next step was tricky.  Calvin had to pick up the painted waffle, turn it over, and place it face down on the paper.  We worked together and took it step by step.






  • We made three prints total.  After they were dry, I cut them out and set them aside.  Next time we will use them for a snowman collage.



Getting Ready:




If you look at the photo below, you'll see how I got our materials ready for this project.  The white paint was ready to squeeze into the cream cheese container. The brush was ready for painting, the blue paper was for printing, the newspaper was for wet prints, and the wet paper towels were for clean-up.  Everything was within reach.







Extend the Activity:


I found these books and activities for after we finished the snowball prints.  I thought they'd get us ready for the real snow.  We're not sure when the weather will cooperate, but we're going to be ready.





  • Lois Elhert is one of my favorite author/illustrators of children's books, and her book Snowballs  coordinated perfectly with this project.  Ms. Elhert used her signature collage illustrations to show how snowballs become a snowman. 
And that is exactly what we will do next time.

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  • Here are two great snow activities from Jean Van't Hul.  Jean is the author of The Artful Parent, a blog filled with tons of great art ideas for kids.  Click on the links below for details.

Snow Painting Technique for Kids   is about painting a watercolor snow picture.

Making Fake Snow: Indoor Fun for Kids is about making nontoxic fake snow that your kids can play with.





Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.
















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