Drawing Fun - draw another face half:
Find a picture in a magazine of someone you like. Fold this picture lengthwise in half so that you have only a half a face meaning 1 eye, 1/2 nose and 1/2 mouth. Cut along the folded line and glue one of the halves on a piece of drawing paper. See if you can now draw the other half on your paper. This is good drawing practice and helps children learn about face proportions.
Painting Fun - Sprinkle Technique:
Create a template out of cardboard of a favorite animal or other shape and lay the template on your sheet of paper. You may want to slip a piece of sticky tape on the back side of your template to keep it from slipping away.
Dip an old toothbrush in tempera paint and brush the toothbrush along an old kitchen sieve over the watercolor papercausing the color to mist through the sieve. Try using several different colors for a wonderful rainbow effect.
Once the colors are dry, remove the template. See how the shape can be seen on the paper.
Painting Fun - Ink Spot Technique:
Use a paintbrush and drop thick globs of color on your watercolor paper. While the color is still wet, fold the paper in half and rub your hand over the folded paper. Open your paper again and see what patterns have been formed from the paints. See what pictures you can find in the spots. Perhaps there is an animal, or a butterfly... or even some strange alien?
Painting Fun - Blowcolor Technique:
Use a paintbrush and drop thick globs of color on your watercolor paper. While the color is still wet, take a drinking straw and blow through the straw close to the drops causing the drops to take other shapes.
Coloring Fun - Scratch Technique:
Take your crayons and color rainbow stripes onto a piece of drawing or watercolor paper. Once your paper is colored, take a black crayon and heavily color over these colors until the paper is full. Now take a knitting needle, spoon end or another pointed but not sharp object and scratch a picture onto the black color. Where you scratch, you will see the originally colored colors shine through again.
Coloring Fun - Creating Texture on Paper
Have your child find different things around the home, i.e. coins, leaves, combs, etc... that are flat but have texture. Now lay these particular things under a sheet of paper and have your child take either crayons or pencils and rub these over the paper where the article is laying underneath. They will see the texture of the item now on their paper.
Coloring Fun- Wax Technique:
Take your crayons and color many different colors heavily onto parchment or wax paper. Once you are satisfied with how it looks, let your mother help with the next step. She should fold the paper in half and iron it on a cotton setting. While the paper is still warm, she should open the paper again. Look at the beautiful result!