March 15, 2006

Mixed Up Beach Towel

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I know it's not quite time for the beach, but you can never start too early for getting ready! Here's a really fun project to do with your child while you are waiting for the weather to get warmer. Make your own fun and crazy beach towel.

What you'll need:

  • Adult permission
  • 1 White beach towel
  • Acrylic paints (pick colors you like)
  • Craft sponges: In a variety of shapes (animals, flowers, hearts, stars, whichever you like
  • Old plastic fly swatter
  • Old newspapers (for the mess).
What to do:
  1. Cover the work area or floor with newspapers
  2. Place your towel completely opened onto the newspaper. If you are using a new towel, be sure to wash it first so it won't be stiff.
  3. Dip your sponges into the paint (not too much paint) and sponge them onto your towel in different places.
  4. Dip the fly swatter into the paint and pat it on some newspaper to clear the paint out of the holes. Pat the fly swatter onto the areas of your towel that do not have a shape on them.
  5. If you are allowed, you may place your hand and feet prints on the towel too.
  6. Let it dry completely.
  7. Help clean up the mess.
  8. Ask your Mom if she would sew a pocket on one end of the towel by folding it over and stitching up the sides and then two or three seams evenly spaced across. That's so you can put all your beach goodies somewhere safe!
This is a really fun (and messy) project, but if you have the room, the patience and the time to do it with your child, you will end up having as much fun as he or she will. And, you'll end up with a beautiful and useful piece of art! Move over Picaso!

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