Summer Art Play Date #2

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We had our second art play date this week (see our first art playdate here!).  It was supposed to be Monday, but was rained out and changed to a cloudy, cold, but fun Thursday.  We had two great experiential art activities, more bug hunting, more play dough, and awesome friends over!

Clean White Mud

We made up a giant batch of clean mud in the little kiddie pool (which, incidentally, helpfully cleaned all the residual paint off of it from the giant ball painting).   I used this recipe from Disney Family Fun magazine (which is like my ultimate favorite magazine, by the way) and just made a giant batch.  Below are the ingredients and directions for the size I made; follow the  aforementioned link if you want a more reasonable amount.
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1)  Grate three 3.1 ounce bars of Ivory soap ($1 at Dollar Tree!) into a kiddie pool.  Ask your little friends to help you, but you will probably end up doing most of it yourself as they will find step two much easier.

2)  Unravel nine rolls of two-ply toilet paper (four rolls for a dollar at Dollar Tree) and rip it into two to three square pieces.  Even the babies loved this step!

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3)  Add two and a half gallons of warm water and mix, mix, mix with your hands. If needed, add more toilet paper until you get a fun, smooshy consistency.
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4) Add some sand castle building molds, buckets, shovels, etc. and have fun!
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Coffee Filter Spray Art


This activity was a huge hit especially with the toddler set. They just love being able to use markers. We didn’t get a huge number of pictures of this activity, but it was fun none the less. We simply put out washable markers and used them to draw all over coffee filters. Then we sprayed the pictures with water from a spray bottle and watched what happened. Then we hung them up to dry. Its all about the experience, here, not the finished product!
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4 Responses to “Summer Art Play Date #2”


  1. 1 Becky June 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    That white mud looks really fun!

  2. 2 Cassie June 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I am going to have to try the mud. And I now see I really need to get another of those hard plastic kiddie pools! Before kiddos I had one in the yard in the summer for my Labs. They ended up chewing it up on me though.

    We have done coffee filter art, also. We used orange, yellow, red, and brown markers and made coffee filter turkeys at thanksgiving and used bright colors a few weeks ago to make butterflies by gathering it in the cente and wrapping a pipe cleaner around to make the antenna. So cute!

    • 3 mysillylittlelife June 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      The butterflies sound awesome! Maybe we’ll have to keep the filters we already made and turn them into butterflies. Thanks for the idea.

  3. 4 devandliza@q.com June 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    We had a great time! This is so great for the kids while they are out of shool, thanks for putting it together.


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