Last week was spring break for our brood, and we hosted our first-ever sleep-over for Kaylin and Karis. To tell the truth, we are very careful about sleepovers, and we have rather strict rules about where our children can go overnight. Therefore, our girls have never had a sleep-over. Our family is good friends with another family that has three girls the ages of my girls; but they attend a different church and school, so we do not see them that much. The girls were able to attend our prayer service on Wednesday night and sleepover so the girls could play together on Thursday. Now, as the momma hosting the sleep-over, I felt that the girls should have something crafty to do, but I had been very busy leading up to the sleep-over. I also was babysitting that morning, so I wanted something quick ad easy for me to put together. I remembered seeing a pin where they had taken masking tape, taped off the child’s name, and the child then finger-painted over the tape. The tape gets removed later after the paint dries. So that’s what I decided to do for the girls.
Here is Kaylin’s version of the play date:
“I have some really good friends that I don’t get to see often. My mom called their mom, and we got to have a sleepover. They came to church, and then they came home with us. The next morning, we wanted to do a craft, so my mom put some tape on pieces of white cardstock. The tape spelled our names. We finger-painted over the tape; and when it was dry, we took off the tape, and our name was on the paper!”
Here are some pictures of our thrifty and fun activity!
- Size of cardstock or construction paper that you need. I just used 6″ x 12″ cardstock paper (I divided some of my 12″ x 12″ paper in half.) You could have it the size of a picture frame–probably at least 8″ x 11″–and then frame it afterwards for their room.
- Paint–I have washable tempera paint that we used.
- Masking Tape
- Newspaper to put under the project
- Containers to hold the paint–I used Styrofoam plates. (Or metal pie plates would be good.)
- Kids to paint!
Cost: For me, $0–I already had all the materials! Yay for thrifty fun!