Monday, July 07, 2008

Unplug Your Kids: Clouds (or Sky)

This week's theme at Unplug Your Kids was "clouds." We got home last night from our 10 day trip, so I had to think fast. I think shaving cream looks a lot like clouds, so I thought I'd find something to do with shaving cream.

This was a fun and easy project. I found LOTS of versions on this craft and found this one at ZOOM today.
You basically squeeze some shaving cream onto a baking sheet (or piece of cardboard). Then you flatten it out and add a few drops of food coloring and mix them slightly. I like ZOOM's idea of using a plastic fork, but we used toothpicks, popsicle sticks, and a spatula.
Then you kind of squish a piece of cardstock on the shaving cream/food coloring mixture. Then, take a flat spatula and scrape off the excess.

I think I'm going to use this marbelized paper to make cards and/or bookmarks. I was disappointed how it curled up, but LOVE the effect!!! I think I made about 15 pieces of paper while Alexandra only made 3.

I think this looks best using only 2 colors or possibly 3. And, when it got too "mixed up", I would finish mixing it (like I mixed all of my yellow and green together to get a new base color) and then added another color (like blue).

I also wanted to point out that this project dries really quickly and you could easily use the pieces of paper for another project. I was using scrap pieces of cardstock, so they're pretty small. But, you could use this to make stationary. Let me know if you try this out!

Please join us for next week's theme: STONE

P.S. Oops! I just checked out Unplug Your Kids to submit my post and realized it was supposed to be "sky", not "clouds." Well, I guess my post is a stretch - about the clouds in the sky represented by shaving cream. :-)


Nature Mama said...

That is super neat! I love how the colors went :) We're going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing,
Nature Mama

Clare said...

What an awesome idea!!! Your paper turned out really neat!!! I might have to try and modify it a bit for a toddler... but I like your idea of using stationary... it might make neat Christmas cards too!

Teacher of One said...

Those are beautiful and looks easier than traditional marbling!
Just stick your pieces in a Rainbow Resources catalog and they flatten out.

Robin said...

That is SO cool!
I have to tuck that idea away in my tiny little brain for future reference!

Bobbie said...

I LOVE IT!!! so cool.. did not know you could do that with shaving cream.

I will try this one... thanks for the inspiration.

Rhonda said...

What a great idea using this to make cards! This is something that my girls will have to try out. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Those look so stinking awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Clouds are definitely part of the sky, no stretch on that! Your papers turned out to be so pretty. I'm sure the resulting cards will be very nice too.

Michie said...

I did a cloud theme for this one too, so I'll support your project! This looks like fun - I might have to give it a try. :)

Mia's Mama said...

LOVE IT! I'm gonna try it with Mia...she's 2 1/2, but this looks like something she would totally dig...she's all about the mess. We call her the Messy Mutt. She calls herself that, too :)

Melissa Telling said...

Actually, your finished projects look like sunsets, so you have two different aspects of the sky theme.

I wonder if these could be used in a lapbook somehow?

Melissa Telling
Lilliput Sation Adventures

Jimmie said...

We did this!! :-) I probably won't blog it, but Sprite might.

Here are some Flickr pics of it.

Thanks! And I linked to you there!

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