Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but my daughter is already very fired up about the day and has all kinds of grand plans about special Valentines for me, her father and her teacher. I let her plan those special Valentines on her own, but I also know that we will need 24 Valentines for her classmates. So this year I attempted the project that Kelly at Little Wonder’s Days described in detail – shaving cream painting. Jan28_ShavingCreamPainting5

Kelly said that the project was “not much mess at all” and in principle I agree even though it looks pretty messy from the pictures I took. But the very fact that I was able to stand back, take pictures and let my 5 year old handle most of painting after a short demonstration makes me agree with her. Clean-up took only about 15 minutes, not much longer than after a regular “paint job”.


Daughter loved the whole experience and didn’t mind washing hands and tools several times during this card making process. She insisted that boys will not like pink cards and chose blue and yellow mix for them. A couple of lessons learned:

  • 1. Contrast colors would have worked better – our pink and red mixed more or less into one color.
  • 2. Don’t even think of using regular printed paper! The heavier cardstock, the better.
  • 3. Try to remove as much shaving cream as possible before setting out to dry. Otherwise, shaving cream will flake off later (this ended up being the messiest part).

So the first part of our Valentine’s preparations is over. The next step is to actually decorate and write 24 Valentines. 2 are down, 22 to go!


Mom and Kiddo said...

I love the effect of marbled paper in this project. We did it a few years ago, but I am waiting until new kid is older to try it again. It's a great idea for valentine's cards, though.

Kelly said...

It looks like she had a great time and her valentines are so pretty! I bet she has the most original valentines. It does look like it's a big mess, but in the end it's really not too bad. Thanks for the blog mention and link too.
Kelly at Little Wonders'

MaryAnne said...

I have NEVER done shaving cream with my kids - can you believe it?!

Good luck with valentines - Emma has only 17 to work on now that she is in afternoon kindergarten (the kids in special ed stay in the morning class).

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

24 Valentines for a class multiplied by six children minus one child who is too old, equals another 120 reasons why we homeschool :) Though, I'm sure Anna's going to love handing out her hand made Valentine's.

Ticia said...

I need to get started on ours, I'm kinda thinking of flaking out this year and being lazy...... We'll see.

April's Homemaking said...

My kids loved shaving cream painting when they were younger, I have also used this activity with my pre-k/k Sunday school students. Very fun to work with. :)

RedTedArt said...

Aaaah I know what you mean.. sometimes the kids really want to do something... personally am not so keen on Valentine's Day either, but my son loves it. So we do take part!

Love your shaving cream preparations..Fun!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty! Have "seen" you in ages :-)


Christy said...

We bought valentine's this year! Crazy! They don't have to be addressed either because the teachers prefer the kids to leave the "to" blank to make handing them out faster, so all they have to do is sign their names.

I love shaving cream art -we always have fun with it. Your tips are great!

Elise said...

That is very kind of Anna to hand make such special cards for each of her classmates.

Savvy is all excited about Valentine's day too.

I remember last year we did shaving cream for Valentine's day and I had the not so bright idea of trying to use the shaving cream to make a marbling effect on doilies (fine, paper doilies) - not so good, I have no idea what I was thinking. Your words of wisdom about heavy cardstock is so true.