We just love window art - and of course it doesn't hurt that we have an enormous wall of windows in our living room. ;) It's another way to brighten up your house, and it's so fun to be able to make art on unusual surfaces like windows. If you don't have large windows, you can use any flat smooth waterproof surface - a refrigerator, a shower door, or a bathtub/bathtub wall.
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Foam sheets are both inexpensive (you can score a pack at the Dollar Tree!) and reusable, so we like to use them in a lot of our play.
S loves to cut foam with her scissors, but since she's still learning the ropes of cutting shapes, she prefers to have some precut shapes to work with. For younger children, it's fun to practice shapes/colors with foam window art. Older children might like building blocks or more elaborate scenes. Because it was a rainy winter day, but we're at least getting closer to spring, we decided to make a field of spring flowers on the windows.
To do a project like this, you'll just need some precut foam shapes, and a shallow dish of water.
Your child simply dips the shape in the water and then places it on the window. The water makes the foam stick to the glass (this also works on bathtub walls - so it's a fun thing to incorporate into baths as well)! Depending on how dry your house is and how often the shapes are disturbed, they can last for around 24-48 hours on glass.
I provided S with several different shaped sections of grass, different length/width stems, different sized/shaped leaves, different colored/sized flower centers, and different colored petals.
There was a little troubleshooting involved as well as S soon figured out that if the foam did not have a good amount of surface contact with the glass it wouldn't stick. She needed to space her flowers out a bit more to get petals on all of them.
And here she is with her completed field of spring flowers. They really brightened up our living room on an otherwise gray and rainy winter day. :)
And here's an older picture of her with the foam square set that we use as building blocks. We worked together to make a house and she used her cutting skills to make smoke coming out of the chimney and a front door for the house. I'm not sure what it is about foam window art that makes her squinty, but it sure seems to! Hahaha.
The foam is totally reusable for another day of window/bath art and can of course be used on paper with glue for art projects (or for contact paper window art).
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.
Love this idea! She looks so happy!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Vicky! She loves hamming it up for the camera. :)Delete
How fun! What a gorgeous window, perfect for open ended art activities. I'm featuring this on The Sunday Showcase.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Allison! We are super lucky to have an entire wall of windows, so we definitely do a lot of window art!!! Thank you so much for the feature!Delete
What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Whitney! :)Delete
Encore une jolie idée !!! Il va falloir que je m'équipe en feuilles de mousses ☺ReplyDelete
Merci, Mam Zelle A! :) :) :)Delete
Bravo !! :-) Good idea. Thank you, we will try it.ReplyDelete
Thank you, elo! :)Delete
The flowers are so pretty! I just made a quick set of basic block shapes to use this way, since I think the flowers might be a bit advanced for us. The little guy had fun pulling down the ones I put up for him, and I'm sure the big guy will love them when he gets up from his nap. Well, as long as the little guy stays out of the way!ReplyDelete
Perfect! And yeah, X loves pulling them down most of all! Hahahhaa! :)Delete
It does em to be a popular activity at that age. ;) My S turned one today, so I think we'll be seeing that for awhile!Delete
Hahahaha - yep. A good eight months or so left, I'd bet! :)Delete
I love how easily this activity can be set up. I think we will be trying it out today!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Hope you have fun with it! :) :) :)Delete