Mar 21, 2013

Tape Resist Easter Eggs


When I worked as an infant teacher, some of my favorite projects to do with the babies were tape resist paintings. They are so versatile and they make a regular fingerpainting look so exciting! Since Kingston is to young to decorate real Easter eggs, I thought this would be a fun and festive way for him to decorate some eggs of his own.

For this project you will need: three pieces of white cardstock (you can use regular construction paper, but for the little ones I think that cardstock holds up a lot better. Also, for archival purposes cardstock can be kept longer without deteriorating!), three different colored washable fingerpaints of your choosing (we used pink, blue, and purple), and masking tape! That's it!

First we did the pink egg. For the pink egg, I made a simple striped design with the masking tape. I left a little extra tape on the edges in order to tape it to his high chair. He loves trying to rip the tape up and trying to rip his precious masterpieces!



Kingston painted the blue egg next. For this one, I made the letter "K" out of masking tape. As he painted, I told him "K is for Kingston"! I have a feeling he is eventually going to learn "K" first since I go over it with him so much!


By the time he got done with his blue egg, he looked like a little Navi baby from Avatar!!


Last up, we did the purple egg! For this egg, I just ripped a bunch of random pieces of tape and placed them all over the egg. By the third egg Kingston was starting to get a bit tired of painting, so we played peek-a-boo and Mama made silly faces at him while he finished!



I let the eggs dry and cleaned up my multi-colored little monkey! He was ready for a nice nap after all of that painting. After he woke up, we peeled the tape off together and the end result was very pretty. He did a great job!


8 comments:

  1. Ok, this is too cute, and I LOVE that you've started the creative process with Kingston at such a young age! Good for you! The benefits far outweigh any mess you have to deal with afterwards. Love the expressions on his face in the pics! He's clearly having a great time!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the support! :) I totally agree - he LOVES painting and doing any kind of activity so much that I can't even imagine not doing them with him. I don't mind the mess at all either! He looks so darn cute with paint all over him, I just can't resist! :)

      Delete
  2. I have to agree . . . the experiences are definitely worth the mess, and it's awesome you made sure to start with him now. :) Thanks for linking up with Stress-Free Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes totally! In fact, I don't even flinch at the mess. That's one of the benefits of being a stay at home mom - plenty of time to clean up! :) I was an infant teacher for years, so babies doing activities like this is just normal to me! It's so fun to see how he reacts to different mediums and experiences! :)

      Delete
  3. Love it! We love tape resist activities and these eggs are perfect for Easter (and easy for me to put together)! :)

    PS What a cute little guy! I love those expressions!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww thanks!! They are SO easy to put together, basically fingerpainting with STYLE! ;)

      Delete
  4. Hi there! I have discovered your blog today and I love it so much! One question, what kind of fingerpaint do you use? was your son trying to eat and suck it on the painting? my son is allergic to dairy and egg and I am not sure regular finger paint is safe for him, ingredients are not shown in the painting labels....any idea?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Olga! I'm so glad you found us and are enjoying the blog! We just use regular non-toxic fingerpaint. I started painting with K when he was about 4 months, so he is incredibly used to it. He has never been a paint eater, so I've never had to worry about it. I'm sure there are a bunch of taste safe homemade fingerpaint recipes on Pinterest that don't contain dairy or egg!

      Delete