Maia has the croup, poor kid, and spent much of yesterday in a feverish lethargy. But she had a period of midday energy during which she asked for paints and paper. She sat down and traced baby bear onto her paper with a pen and painted in the tracing.
She then started finding other things around her to trace and paint, such as a roll of masking tape and a protractor. This reminded me of when we did tracings on the floor except that she really got into painting them this time. It was fun to watch the process!
The masking tape shape became a donut, then a lemon jelly donut, then she added arms, legs, and hair.
Here are her finished paintings — some incorporating tissue paper triangles left over from another project, some just paint, one with a title.
And here's that jelly donut girl. How fun! I love how she used the traced shapes as starting points for her paintings.
If you wanted to do something similar with your kiddos, you could go on a treasure hunt through the house looking for interesting shaped items to trace. Although the simple ones (masking tape circles, for example) hold lots of potential too, obviously.