Inigo is such a trooper and has lots of energy. He always wants to move and play around. In fact he loves to scattered the toys all over the house. To divert his energy I am trying to create an invitation a.k.a activity that doesn’t look like serious teaching. I love early learning activities. I love the idea of learning through play.
What better way to spend a hot, summer day – than doing some crafts together! I wanted to incorporate some different and unique types of art into Inigo’s crafts, so that he didn’t feel like it was the same ol’ thing again! I think I accomplished just that too.
Today I’m going to share how we used the wooden fork to create a wonderful painting.
For these crafts, you will need the following:
- Tempera Paint
- Wooden or Plastic Forks
- Paper Plate
- Paint brush
- Water bottle (optional)
For this activity, since he’s only 18months old I helped him out a little bit while talking and explaining what colors we are using. If you have older child,you can let them do it all themselves, it really is up to how you want it to come out in the end!But this is really quite simple though!
STEP ONE: While I was preparing for the activity I asked to give to me the colors that he like us to use. While he’s giving it to me I’m talking to him and I’ll tell him “ok you want to use red color, nice choice! Then I’ll asked him again to choose one more so on and so forth. The idea is helping him to express himself since he can’t talk yet and to increase his vocabulary.
After selecting which paint colors to use I pour a little of each color onto paper plates.
STEP TWO: Dip the forks into the paint and press them onto the canvas. Let your child decide how many flowers and where to put them – you will add stems later!
I am not after the end product but on the process. So since he’s still baby (awww) his attention span is still short. So in between activity he will still do other things which is quite normal for his age.
While doing the Fork Tulip Painting he took one of his favorite book and tried to look for Mickey Mouse.
After reading he went back again and this time he wants to use the water bottle.
I wanted him to create more flowers but he chose to have less – he needed to have his “creative freedom” I guess!
When he finally decided that he doesn’t want to continue I helped him to add the stem and vase.
That’s it! These are what our final picture looked like:
I displayed his artworks where he can easily see it and show to his dad and Kuya.
I love how a simple cutlery can turned into masterpiece. And the idea of using different things to paint with rather than just a paint brush is amazing!