Last week, our daughter, who is quite excited about leprechauns, brought home a finger painted gold sheet of paper from Playschool. She wanted to make more shimmery papers and punch out coins to hide for her younger brother to find. We then extended the activity, by adding a bit of glitter to watercolour paints! These are two simple ideas that could easily be replicated at home or school with very fun results! Materials Gold Coins Here a few options for making the coins or go with a technique that you like! Thick paper (such as cardstock) Circle punch (or you could trace around a milk jug lid and cut out your own circles) Paint brush Yellow watercolour paint Paintbrush Metallic pens Glitter paint or glue Tray Glitter Rainbow Paints Water Paint Watercolour paper Paintbrushes Watercolour paint Glitter paint We always find these items helpful too: Smock Craft tray Directions GOLD COINS Don your smock. Go with any painting technique you like. You could: Finger paint with gold paint Paint with glitter glue or glitter paint and cover it with a watercolour wash. Draw out a design using metallic markers and cover it with a watercolour wash. Allow to dry overnight. Punch out your circles. We like going around the perimeter and then cutting off the edges and repeating this step. Put your coins into a pot (we used a black bowl, but a Halloween caldron also makes a good container!). Hide our coins within your home or classroom and have your friends find them! Our daughter did both, bringing the coins to school after! RAINBOW PAINTS Dilute your watercolour paints according to the directions. Add glitter paint and stir. Paint! Our daughter created this piece based on her question: “Are there rainbows in space?” Purpose Celebrating various holidays and symbols associated with them. Exploring various painting materials. Developing object permanence. Safety Notes We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors with care and adult supervision. Use non-toxic products when working with children. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.