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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting



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I admit, I am super excited about this week’s item. I am a big fan of art projects and am always looking for the next masterpiece to display in my office. So when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge popped up with paper cups as the next creative project, I immediately thought it’s time to paint! I present to you, my mini artists-in-the-making, with Paper Cup Painting!

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting

I always like to have canvases on hand to do major art projects a couple of times a year. They’re not always cheap, so I keep an eye out for sales or make sure to clip a Michaels discount coupon. The boys are pretty young, so I generally stick to washable paint for my own sanity, although it doesn’t cover as well and being washable means that I need to take care to not put finished items where they can get wet or otherwise damaged.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting

Painting is always a big hit for my kids and they’re mostly used to finger painting or using a brush. I was super excited to incorporate shapes and stamping with this project and they just loved seeing what the paper cup could create. They used the tops and bottoms and even started swirling and spreading the cups for different effects. Then somebody went “It’s a caterpillar!” and the project took on a whole new meaning with mommy adding eyes, antennae and legs to their creations. Finish it out with a couple of hand prints and these newest masterpieces are bringing a whole new level of awesome to my office. The boys loved every minute!

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Be sure to spread the paint a bit so it can cover the cup.

J started out very methodical, and very carefully chose placement for his circles, while B was more creative in his approach and tried different methods to get different results with the cups.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
They each had enough cups for each color of paint they had, although they seemed to enjoy mixing the paint more. If the paint cups got too messy, I swapped them out for new ones and they continued on their merry ways.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
B – Caterpillar Lover and Texture Explorer
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
J – Methodical Starter and Rogue Smearer
Do you have any neat projects that incorporate paper cups? Please share and add them to the link up below! Also be sure to check out the blogs of my gal pals to see their creative paper cup projects:

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  1. becka

    July 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Those turned out so cute. I like the colorful hand prints! They both did a great job!

    • Katy Blevins

      July 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Becka! I have them up in my office and every time I walk in, I smile. They did such a great job and I love how different they are.

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  2. Carie Spence

    July 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    What fun! I even think my kids would enjoy this and they are a little older. I may just have to try it with them! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

  3. Madaline

    July 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    This looks like such a fun project!!! I love how the personalities of each boy really came out – it’s so interesting to see how children approach things so differently…

    • Katy Blevins

      July 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Isn’t it? Despite my OCD, I am really starting to love these “free range” art projects that allow them to explore their creativity in their own unique ways.

  4. Julie @ Don't Lick Your Sister

    July 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Love this and love that my 1 and 3 year old will also be able to easily do it and love it too!

  5. April

    July 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Love this series, for real. We haven’t made anything with paper cups, so I can’t link up. The artwork created by your kids is so cool. I don’t know if Bee would actually do much with it, but I can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

    Your co-host from Creative Style Linkup ~~April~~

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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art



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It’s Monday!! You know what that means…it’s time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week…Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
NOTE: This is an outside project. Prepare to get messy! 

It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids were itching for some fun, so we stripped down for some messy art and took it outside to the back deck. A few pieces of construction paper, some Elmer’s glue and a tub of Kool-Aid and we were ready to play. 
I started by creating some pictures with the glue based on the kids’ requests (a sun, a tree, a snowman, a silly face). Then I handed them a paper cup filled with Kool-Aid and had them sprinkle away. The sprinkled (or dumped…ha!) the Kool-Aid along the glue around the edges of the picture, carefully spreading it as they went. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Once they had it covered, I bent the paper gently in half to bring the excess Kool-Aid to the middle and dumped it out, shaking gently to remove and loose mix. In truth, the boys were already happy with seeing the light colored mix on their pictures…but the fun was still coming!
As the glue absorbed the Kool-Aid, it slowly turned to the actual color of the mix – red. They were shocked and super excited about this. “Mommy! My sun is turning red!!!” At that age, it was pure magic. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
I should note that this is not a forever project. Although I suspect the glue would have dried hard eventually, it stayed more like a gel when mixed with the Kool-Aid and never got much past the slimey, sticky phase, so I just tossed the remainders after the kids went to sleep. Our goal was to have fun using our hands to sprinkle and get messy, and to watch our pictures come to life with color. Next time we do this, I am definitely going to pick up several colors of Kool-Aid for even more fun! 
This activity was immediately followed with bath time! Kool-Aid gets EVERYWHERE. And you know after just a few short minutes, they found their fingers in their mouths. Sugar for the win! 

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