Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Terrific Tuesdays- Painting with Cool Whip

Hi there, I am Keersten from Leap Into Art (a sadly neglected blog lately. I guess it takes awesome Dianna to get me blogging again. :D) There are lots of fun art activities in my archives though. So head over for some easy summer entertainment. I am mommy to 3 art-loving girls and have been teaching art for kids for nine years. I have done this activity with kids of all ages several times and it is always a crowd pleaser. Sometimes it is the simplest things make for the most fun. When you add sugar, it is almost guaranteed that you'll have a good time. That is basically what this activity is all about. I highly recommend it for toddlers up through elementary ages (and maybe even beyond.)

Pick up a container or two of cool whip and a few small packages of Jell-o. (I offered 6 flavors and it was probably a little too much. I'd do 3 or 4 again, and not worry about making so much next time.) Separate the cool whip into bowls and stir in about 2 Tbs. of the dry Jell-o. Stir well to dissolve the Jell-o a bit; add more to intensify the color if needed.

Now get to work. Let those little kiddos finger paint...and um-eat-to their heart's content.

Don't forget to sit down with your little one and paint too. Kids love to work along side you. They also learn a lot from watching you model how to do it. When your painting dries, you will have a puffy, sweet-smelling piece of art to hang on the refrigerator. Just don't be tempted to lick it when that 3:00 in the afternoon low hits!

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  1. This will be perfect for my daughter's playgroup. Thanks!

  2. I am sure my kiddos would love this.

  3. I did this yesterday with my daughter and her friends. They loved it. Thanks for the great idea!


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