I can’t stand paint. I know this makes me a terrible mom, but I really hate it. Painting activities are always messy. There’s just no getting around it. If you mix kids with paint, cup fulls of water, and paper, bad things are bound to happen!!
Having said that, my kids LOVE to paint. It’s one of their favorite things, so I’ve made a goal this summer to let them paint more. As a show of good faith, I helped them create some 4th of July firework paintings this last week. It was so fun, and they turned out so cool, that I didn’t even regret the bit of cleanup I had to do afterwards.
I’ve been encouraging my kids to think outside the box with their artwork, so this time we used something other than a paint brush to apply our paint. For this project you will need a couple of plastic straws, paint, and a white sheet of paper.
Using a pair of scissors, even slice the end of a straw into equal thin lengths. Once you have the straw sliced, push the pieces up to a 90 degree angle. We used several straws all cut to different lengths so our stars/fireworks would be different sizes.
Then, just dip the new straw end into the paint, and stamp the paper. After one color dries, you can add a new stamp on top of it in a different size or color to add variation. The effect is very cool, and each painting is just a little bit different.