Art is a daily event in our house. We put just as much importance on art as we do math and reading. I am always looking for new ways to use the same supplies and to keep my kids engaged and creative. Art parties are a fantastic way to celebrate an occasion, or just pump up the average playdate. Art gatherings can be done very inexpensively with a bit of thoughtfulness. We live in the Pacific Northwest, which is very rainy most of the time. I got the random idea to try DIY painted umbrellas for kids. Can you believe I actually found blank white paint-your-own umbrellas at Oriental Trading? I bought 6 umbrellas for $15.50. I Googled a free shipping coupon, too! I bought 3 packages of fabric markers from JoAnn’s for about $5 each. For 6 children, the total cost was under $31!
The girls had a blast designing their own umbrellas at the April Showers Party! I also set up a little photo booth area. When the girls were done, I snapped a few photos of them. I used a $5 blue flat twin sheet from Walmart as the backdrop. The clouds and raindrops were added in Photoshop, using Vol. 25 overlays.
This idea can also be done with tote bags, tshirts or just about anything. Have parents bring any craft supplies they have at home to add to fun (think macaroni, glitter, rice, etc...). Your kids will get valuable creative time and a very unique playdate experience!
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