Now that M is a little older, she's really into crafts like making crowns, doodling and painting any object you can find in the house. Painting loosely defined, as many terms are, in the world of a 3-year old. It's been a lot of fun (and messy) watching her explore her creative side.
I've been posting some of our crafting adventures on our facebook and instagram feed (hashtag: #lifewitha3yearold). But many of you have asked for tutorial instructions, so here goes... M's starry pumpkin.
Acrylic Paint (we used Craft Smart, found in many craft stores)
Star Stickers (dots would be fun too)
1. Select a smooth pumpkin, free of bruises and soft spots, for easy painting and stickering.
2. Prep pumpkin by wiping with a damp cloth. Be careful not to wet the stem or bottom, as it can cause the pumpkin to rot.
3. Start painting. M loves this step. We painted 2 coats, drying after each coat for the opaque look.
4. Let your kid (or you) go wild with the stickers!
Note: Feel free to get creative with your choice of colors, stickers and embellishment techniques. Stickering was great because M found it fun, and not too discouraging for her skill level, but you could carve, draw the stars, add glitter... you get the idea...