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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

People Paint (Craft Camp Day 1)

kid craft ideas

Over the next few posts I'm going to take you through our Craft Camp I held last week and hopefully you'll find some fun ideas of things to do with your own kids, by yourself, or even have your own craft camp!  Stick around to the end of the post for a fun giveaway too.  

Basically what I'll do in these posts is let you see what we did each day, but then I'll also have more detailed information, occasional printables and tips or things I learned along the way to help you recreate any of it.

Day 1:  Monday 10 am - noon
Camp Poster
Face paint
Snack (cracker packs)
Wood Slice Necklaces

Day 1 Details
As everyone was arriving they worked on coloring the poster I'd laid out on the floor.  It was just Ikea coloring paper on a roll and they colored it with crayons.  I also took this time to check the shirt size of everyone by just having them try one on over whatever they were wearing, and I took notes of who needed what size.

kid poster

For the face painting DecoArt sent me their People Paint markers and they were so fabulous.  They colored wonderfully and the tip made it so easy to draw, add detail and use multiple colors.  I will never go back to greasy or dry and flaky versions of face paint again.  The girls paired up and painted on each others' faces and hands. I even let them use me!  

best face paint

I made a "cheeks only rule" so that they didn't ride home in cars with body art all over their arms and legs :)

easy face paint

I made a paper mache paste that was 3 cups flour and 3 cups water plus 1 tablespoon salt.  Some girls really hated the feel of the paste on their hands, so they didn't get very far, but most girls got two layers of newspaper strips spread across their balloons.  We were going to do this on a second day too, but I decided to just add a couple more layers to everyone's on my own since not everyone enjoyed it.  PLUS, I bought balloons from the dollar store, and about half of them collapsed before the paper mache dried and I had to make new ones for them any way.  Buy better balloons.

news paper mache

We cleaned up hands and they had a snack while I got out supplies for the next project.  They made wood slice necklaces just like these ones I posted about here.  I had already sanded them, drilled holes and added the split ring. When they finished coloring them with markers I just had to string ribbon through and tie it long enough so they could fit over their heads.

kid art necklaces

Now that I've told you how great People Paint is, who wants to win some?  TWO winners will get one marker in every color (that's black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)  

Use the Rafflecopter form to log your entries.  And keep checking back for more of our camp adventures!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. We need to be IRL friends. I am in Kirkland. Think about it :)

    I love everything about the camp you did and I hope to one day do the same for my daughter and her friends. I am glad to see it all went well!

  2. And to answer the giveaway question, I would totally use it with my kids and let them color all over themselves :)

  3. I'd love to use the People Paint markers for my friends and I at tailgates and other sports events! We love to get spirited

  4. I'd love to send my daughter to your camp! I wonder if I could run one myself...I just wonder if the kids who finish their projects first get bored before the others finish.

  5. I would use them for my kid's birthday parties! Then Halloween! Thanks for a chance to win!

  6. I would use these for all the upcoming holidays. So many wonderful way to use these paint markers. Thank you for this great giveaway.

  7. Looks like everyone had lots of fun!

  8. What a fun camp! I would use the People Paint markers at our upcoming block party and at our church BBQs to paint the kids faces.

  9. My son and daughter would love these paints!! I've been contemplating getting these and this would be a great way to try them out and see if they're worth purchasing on a regular basis and for parties! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!!

  10. I would do a playdate for my daughter & do her & her friend's faces.

  11. I just returned from a mission trip with my church. We did block parties and Vacation Bible School. The kids really enjoyed the face painting that we did. These would be so much easier to use!

  12. I would use it to make decorations for my daughter's birthday!

  13. I think it could work as a great punishment for my girls. They do something naughty and I make them sit criss-cross-applesauce on the floor, close their eyes, and hand the pens over to their little brother. He will get 2 minutes of art time. He, he, he, he! Gemia

  14. I think my friends girls would love these!

  15. Oh, those look so much better than the regular face paint stuff. And craft camp sounds like so much fun!

  16. Guess I should read the rafflecopter instructions first...I was thinking of doing face painting at Bayli's bday party this year, and I think these would be perfect!