My boys really love to make gifts for birthdays and other holidays. After they make something they are so excited to give the gift and so proud when the recipient opens it. They get to tell their story of the process and what exactly they made.
I have done nature printing (using leaves, sticks, rocks, etc.) with my boys before that they enjoyed but since the weather was miserably hot this time around I had to come up with an indoor craft. As I searched around the house and through toy bins the boys watched with much interest. I didn't tell them what the project was but they already wanted to do it since I was collecting toys and they saw I had out paint!
I came up with the idea of printing dish towels with toys for their Grandma's approaching birthday. I know she will love them as much as the boys loved making them.
This is a simple and easy project for kids of all ages.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
You will need the following items:
- New, unused dish towels
- Fabric paint
- Paint brushes
- Paper plates
- Toys - I gathered trucks with bulky tires, play-doh cans, plastic screws and nails, dice, legos (large and small) car wheels, tinker toys, etc.
Step 2: Iron Towels and Prepare Work Surface
Once towels are ironed tape them (I used packing tape) to a large work surface so they don't slip around when the kids are making their prints. The kitchen table will work best.