Happy Victoria Day to our fellow Canadians! This is an easy, accessible, mess-free, fun activity for a wide age range. We went with a multitude of bookmarks and a few necklaces, but you could use it for all sorts of things! Materials Bookmarks Bookmark template book_marks Paint (we used bottles that squeezed, but you could use a small spoon if need be) Zippered plastic bag Scissors Hole punch Cord Laminating supplies (*Optional) Necklace Wooden pendents or this printout flags Zippered bag Cord Beads Directions Bookmark Put your bookmark template into your zippered bag and turn it upside down. (You are going to paint on the part that doesn’t have the bookmark outlines and text.) Carefully insert your bottles of paint into your bag and squeeze out little dots of paint. Zipper your bag closed and move your paint around with your fingers. Have an adult open and remove the painting from the bag or if need be, cut the bag open to remove the painting yourself. Discard your bag. Allow your work to dry overnight. Flip your painting over and cut out your bookmarks along the lines. Punch a hole in the spot where indicated. Please excuse our gardening hands! (No amount of scrubbing will get rid of all the spring dirt!) Write a message on the blank side of the bookmark if you are giving it to a friend, teacher, your dad etc. We then laminated our bookmarks for longevity, cut them out with a little border surrounding and then re-punched the hole. Cut a piece of cord, make a loop on the front (as shown) and then pull the two ends from the back of the bookmark, through the hole and through your loop, pulling taut. Enjoy your bookmark or give it to a fellow book lover! Necklace We had a few pendents left from the garland that we made below, so we decided to paint them as well with the same process, making simple necklaces. http://make-it-your-own.com/elastic-painting-birthday-garland/ Once you have painted your pendents using the method described above in the bookmark session and allowed them to dry, lace your pendent onto the middle of the cord and then add beads on each side to form a necklace. Purpose Encouraging reading. Exploring various painting techniques. Safety Notes Use scissors with care & supervision. Yarn, cord etc. can be a strangulation hazard therefore it should be used with adult supervision and for the intended purpose. Be sure to wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces, even though the paint is contained in this case- be prepared for the occasional leak! Beads can be a choking hazard and therefore should be kept out of the reach of children 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Be sure to remove your necklace for play (eg., on a playground) as they can be a strangulation hazard. 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.