Hey! I’m Becky, on of the ladies behind The Crafting Chicks. On our site we share lots of inspirational ideas for crafting, decor, printables, and family. I’m so excited to be here on The Idea Room today.
Today I’m going to show you how to make this fun and educational Water Color Ocean Art for Kids. During the summer on The Crafting Chicks, you’ll find our Mother Hen Summer Series. This 12 week series is learning based and integrate literature, science art, reading, and more! Our goal is to provide mom’s with all of the ideas, supply lists, ingredients, and activities..so they can just relax and play with their kids. Today’s post will incorporate all of the fun things we have going on during The Mother Hen Summer Series. Hop on over to our site to see more.
But to make today’s post you’ll need:
- Watercolor Paper or thick cardstock
- Watercolor paints
- Fish sticker, I loved these ones from Jolee’s Boutique
- Fine grit Sandpaper
- Fish is Fish, and Swimmy by LeoLionni
First read the books, Fish is Fish, and Swimmy, to your children. Talk to them about the artwork. How there are different textures and colors. Lots of patterns and color mixing. You can then talk to them about the ocean and how water isn’t all blue and to think about what colors they could use to make the ocean.
Then give them each a piece of watercolor paper. and have them start painting.
Tell the children to work horizontally with the paint.
Once the background is mostly blue, they can add in other colors to add depth and dimension.
Here’s one of the finished pages waiting to dry.
After it’s dry, have the kids tear the sandpaper into strips that will cover the bottom of your ocean. This gives some more texture and dimension. It might be my favorite part. I love how the ripped section of the sandpaper curls and lifts off the paper.
Now the kids can add the stickers wherever they want to.
And there you have it. A whole art lesson made fun. My girls loved working on this and I loved watching their oceans come to life.
Make sure you hope over to our site to see what we are working on next. You’ll find project ideas like:
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