I always look forward to my first Robin sighting; that “official” symbol that Spring has officially begun! With that said, I decided what better Create it Saturday activity than one that celebrates the beginning of Spring? And the best part is… it’s super easy and your kids will love it!!!
What you will need:
- Paint (I used finger paint but you can use any kid-friendly *washable* paint) – brown, red, and orange (Note: I didn’t have brown finger paint so I mixed the orange, blue-green & purple together until it looked brown)
- Paper (I found finger paint paper to work well)
- Paint brushes (I used a very inexpensive foam brush and a little paint brush)
Here are the paints and paper I used:
It was nice outside so we did our art project on the deck. I recommend outside, in a kitchen, or someplace where cleaning up any paint would be easy. Below is a picture of the paint and foam brush, a piece of finger paint paper (cut in half – why not make two at the same time?) and paper towels for easy clean-up:
These little piggies are going to help create a masterpiece!
First step is to use the brush and paint the bottom of your child’s foot (easy enough, right?):
Have the paper handy so they can easily transfer their adorable footprint onto the paper:
Let the footprint dry (with the finger paint it was dry within a half hour).
The next step will vary depending on the age of your child. My daughter was satisfied with just making her footprint and didn’t understand the concept of turning it into a bird soooo… that’s when mommy’s creative juices came into play! If you have children that are a little bit older they might want to be the ones to add the details!
Use red paint to create the red belly of the robin and a little orange paint for the beak and feet. I just used a black sharpie to make the bird’s eye and this was the final result:
Ta-da! Bada-bing-bada-boom! When I showed my daughter she was so excited to see what mommy had turned her footprint into!
Now, ideas for what to do with your beautiful footprint robin? You can let your child decorate the background (tree, nest, flowers, etc.) or how about making it into a card for someone special?
I found this really cute poem that ties in nicely with this little arts & crafts project that would be fun to read to your child when you do this and you could even write it somewhere near the footprint robin:
What the Robin Told
The wind told the grasses, and the grasses told the trees.
The trees told the bushes, and the bushes told the bees.
The bees told the robin, and the robin sang out clear:
Wake up! Wake up! Spring is here!