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.
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!