I mentioned in the last post that we like to paint on old bed sheets. Either spread out on the floor, or made into weird hodgepodge tents. I thought I'd show you a few pictures from this week of the muck and mayhem. We've had some wonderful weather after all the rain and the kids were delighted to be out in the sun and covered in paint. It was good fun, but definately not "good, *clean* fun".
The two tent structures held up fine despite the wind. They just had the four corners of the sheets tied down to various things in the yard with string and then pvc plumbing pipes pushed in underneath to make them taught and raise the height a bit.
This had the advantage of being a bit of a sun shield for the kids while they were painting too. When the fun is over they can just be chucked in the laundry to get all the paint off ready for next time (the sheets, not the kids unfortunately).
I'd saved a load of cereal boxes for mailing parcels to the UK, and it seems that we had plenty to spare. I turned a load of them inside out and hot glued them back together.
The kids painted them up and stacked them like giant building blocks. I still have more that we didn't use, and I'm thinking it would be cool to cut down and alter the remaining ones to make a keystone and a few voussoirs, so they can build a big arch with them. I'd be curious to see if we can build a cereal box arch that is strong enough to sit a preschooler on top of.
After they had gone to town on the boxes and the sheet tents they started on the plastic play structure. I hadn't even thought about this as a potential canvas, but it's ideal really, because it's easy peasy to hose down after.
Of course they also painted themselves.
And the rocks that were holding the sheets down. I'd put my back out, so it was great to have them all happily absorbed and engaged for about four hours! I'm looking forward to the weather getting better, so we can do more of this! What unusual things do you paint on?