Ok, I love this one!
The right opportunity presented itself as we move forward into Christmas – and Jingle Bells are EVERYWHERE – – – I decided to combine some painting with movement and singing!!
What I love about this activity – other than the NO MESS factor – is that it is actually not all that easy to do – in the sense that you need to shake around quite a bit to cover the card with paint – that means exercising at the same time!!
We added our Jingle Bells to the mix by singing – eventually just repeating the words Jingle Bells… Jingle Bells… Jingle Bells… over and over again!!
And when the painting was dry – overnight – we turned it into some fantastic Bell Tree Ornaments that we are going to be putting onto the tree this year!
What materials do you need?
Paint – we used acrylic – but any paint will do…
Empty Plastic containers – I used empty tennis ball containers, but any large sized one will do!
Bells, to Jingle with…
Ribbon or String – if you want to turn them into ornaments!
How to make a Jingle Bells Painting…
Cut the cardboard to fit into your plastic container – I made one that just fits and one that wraps around overlapping.
Add your bells to the bottom of the container and add a squirt of paint to the bottom – and to the lid (I used different colors on the top and bottom)
TIP: The little metal bells are light – in weight – and therefore the paint needs to be quite runny as otherwise they stick to the paint…
This is the GOOD Part!!
Now – for this magic to work, you have to sing…
Sing and Shake!!
You can see by the blurred ‘action’ shots below we were moving!!
Once the painting was done I took it out to dry – secured it flat and waited…
The sides had curled up a little being in the container – but not much!!
I then cut out little bell shapes and added ribbon!
The perfect personalized little decoration – and SO MUCH FUN to make!!
The shaking up and the bells create beautiful textures on the card.
This activity really impresses me!