Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Spaghetti Paint Brushes

I like to find new and different things for the kids to experiment painting on/in/around/or with. Today the kids tried the painting with option. I had the kids try spaghetti painting a few months ago after seeing something on Pinterest, but of course it didn't turn out as planned. So, I tried something a little different.

I started by using my 18 month old's hair ties (perfect size!) and tying several uncooked spaghetti strands together. I then put each "spaghetti brush" in a bowl of water and let it sit for several hours. After all of the strands were soaked and not quite as hard (but still firm which is why I didn't boil the noodles), I took them out of the water and let them dry out over night. Yes, they got "crunchy" again (words used by my 3 year old), but about twenty minutes before the kids used them, I put the bottom half of the Spaghetti Brush into a bowl of water for a few minutes to soften it again for use.

It's December so naturally I had the kids use their Spaghetti Brushes to paint Christmas trees. Each tree came out looking cool and unique. These Brushes are definitely a one time use thing, but was perfect for three 3 year old boys and an 18 month old girl to paint and get messy with!