I was asked to plan for a snack and a craft. If you are a regular blog reader, you've already seen the FIRST craft I planned, LOVE MACHINES. I know it seems a tad overboard to have two crafts, but originally, I thought the kids would assemble the machines and then fill them. Most of the machine's assembly is not been kid friendly because it involves hot glue. so I fully assembled the machines before arriving (minus filling them). Filling them would take NO time, so I had to create another craft that would take up more of the party's time slot.
When I walked into Michael's Crafts, facing me were wooden frames of all types. I told the parents that I might do a frame project, but my original idea was to have the kids glue conversation hearts all over the frame. I didn't like that idea since the bubble gum machine also contained conversation hearts. Eventually, as I walked Michael's, I came up with the idea to pencil eraser paint the top of the frame. Confused? I'll show you below.
First, pick yourself up any type of wooden frame. Of course I was thrilled to find a [heart] shaped frame. The coolest part about these frames is that they were only $1.00 each. That is incredible to believe. I also had a 25% off coupon, off my total order, so really, these frames were .75 cents each. Yahoo!!!!!!
I bought 22 of these frames. 21 for the students and 1 for myself so I could prepare an example. My finished frame would be a gift to Ms. Dixon.
The front of the frame.
The back of the frame: the frame came with a wooden peg, which helps prop the frame up.
Then, choose the color paint you want. I chose cherry red, hot pink, purple, white, sparkle silver, and black. I chose these colors because they are Valentiney and girly/boyish.
You will need pencils because the erasers will act as your paint brush! I picked up a bag of Valentine pencils for the kids to use.
I thought it would create less of a mess if I purchase little paint pallets. Each student received their own dish of paint. The "dishes" came (6) to a pack and I believe they were $1.99.Then get to work painting. I completely forgot that I didn't paint my frame, the night before the party, so at Midnight I got to work painting. I was pretty tired, so I just quickly squeezed some paint out onto a piece of printer paper. This is good to know, anyway, for those who do NOT want to buy the paint dishes, OR you can just use a paper plate.
All you do is dip your pencil's eraser into the paint color of your choice and gently push down onto the frame. I chose to do one color at a time and then once the frame seemed full, I went back and filled in the areas that seemed to be lacking a particular color. Anyone who choose to alternate colors, THIS is what the kindergartners wanted to do, just keep a baby wipe close by and wipe off your eraser before dipping your eraser into a new color.
The end result!
Insert picture! I brought my camera to the school party and snapped a photo of each student. I told Ms. Dixon I would print each photo and send them in to school. The students' frames remained at school, to dry, on Friday, and will not go home with them until I send in their individual photo.
Before the bus arrived on Friday, I took a picture of Lilah and Jax, all decked out in their Valentine outfits. Right before I left for the party, I printed it and inserted it into the frame.
Had it not been midnight, I would have totally filled up the frame with MORE paint, covering more of the wood, but I was wiped out! I still LOVE how it turned out. Be on the look out for a post of the students doing theirs.
***OH.... so while Ms. Dixon and I filled the paint dishes, the kids filled their bubble gum machines with their conversation hearts. It was a great distraction and it kept them quiet.***