You know those days where you don’t have a plan and somehow you fall into the best thing ever and you and your partner are high fiving all day thinking “Hey, maybe I’m a pretty good parent after all.” Well, Saturday was like that. We started out at Peets, aka my lifeline, for my large iced vanilla latte half caf which is quickly losing the half part. Anyway, we started there, then headed down to Santa Monica for an impromptu puppet show we heard about on Red Tricycle, which really could be the best website ever for families. The puppet show and workshop were fantastic and the park next to the puppet show was unbelievable. We hit up Bay Cities Deli for lunch – the mac n cheese should be illegal – and then came home for naps. After nap time, Ev took D swimming and Gigi and I made a washi tape mural. A super easy mega cool washi tape mural for kids, that I am just in love with it. See how we did it below and then stay tuned for what we did with it after!
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This mural couldn’t be more simple and my kids just loved it. I taped down some craft paper to the floor in D’s room. We don’t normally do art in her room so I think this was a really fun treat. (Art secret #14 – move things around! See more Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know here) Then I dumped out my secret stash of awesome washi tape and let Gigi go wild. There is something so enticing about all those little rolls of color and pattern. They are so hard to resist. Now you can get any color online or at your local craft store or even Target. It’s great. I love these chevron ones.
Gigi’s 3 and half so some of the tapes are still challenging for her to rip. The Kid Made Modern ones from Target are super easy though and she loved those. I don’t love them so much because they have a really sticky residue when they go on walls or furniture. But anyway, she loves them and the patterns are great. To help with the more challenging ones to rip, I broke off some pieces and put them all around our little washi basket so they were ready and waiting for her whenever she needed a piece.
I loved watching Gigi’s process for designing her mural. I put down long pieces per request and then she took the little pieces and covered them either right on top or perpendicular. There was lots of thinking and planning and fine motor practice happening. It was great. Not to mention the chatter fest that was happening as she worked.
If you have any guesses for what we did with this mural leave them in the comments below. I would love to hear from you! And, if you like this project and are looking for more similar art ideas for preschoolers, check out this awesome ebook I contributed to with 25 other bloggers. You can download it here. I think you’ll love it. Thanks everybody. Have a great day!