Splat Painting – Action Art for Kids

Splat Painting Action Art for Kids

Splat painting is fun, fun, fun.

There are different ways to do this action art activity, but the way we’ve loved splat painting with kids couldn’t be simpler.

  • Dip cotton balls in paint.
  • Place paint-soaked cotton ball on paper.
  • Hit it with a small wooden mallet.

And watch as paint splats and splatters out of the cotton ball.

Splat Painting with Kids in Action

Easy peasy and super fun for active kids!

Here’s a brief video showing splat painting in action.

And here’s a quick tutorial with more pictures.

Splat Painting – Action Art for Kids

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  • Cotton balls
  • Liquid watercolor paint (or food coloring)
  • Watercolor paper or card stock
  • Small wooden mallet*

*Make your own by hot-gluing a large wood bead to the end of a wooden dowel as we did. Or use a drumstick or the mallet that comes with a xylophone set or a pounding toy.


Splat Painting Action Art - Setting Up for the Art Activity

First, set up for the art activity.

As you can imagine, splat painting is a tad messy and is a great outdoor art activity. A hard surface works best, as you’ll be pounding with a mallet. We set up a small kids’ table in the backyard, but you could also do this on a sidewalk or driveway.

To set up, we put liquid watercolor paint in small cups (jelly jars, actually) and watered it down. The cotton balls soak up a surprising amount of the liquid paint. You could also use food coloring or even tempera paint.

We also taped down the corners of watercolor paper to hold it in place as the kids pounded and the paint splatted.

Splat Painting - Dip Cotton Balls in Paint

Step 1. Dip cotton balls in paint.

You can do them one at a time, as you’re going to use the cotton ball. Or you put a cotton ball into each paint cup as Ezra chose to do.

Splat Painting with Kids with Paint-Soaked Cotton Balls

Step 2. Place paint-soaked cotton ball on paper.

You can transfer the cotton balls from paint cups to paper with a spoon, tongs, or fingers.

Splat Painting with Kids - Pound the Paint-Soaked Cotton Ball

Step 3. Hit it with a small wooden mallet.

And watch as paint splats and splatters out of the cotton ball. The kids got such a thrill out of watching the trajectory of the paint splatters. Plus, of course, they loved pounding the cotton balls with their little wooden mallets.

Splat Painting with Kids - Placing Paint-Soaked Cotton Ball on Paper

Remove the cotton ball with a spoon, fingers, or tongs…

Splat Painting with Kids - Pounding with a Wood Mallet

…and repeat with more colors and more balls as desired.

Splat Painting with Kids - Finished Artwork with Paint Splatters

More Splat Painting Ideas for Kids

  • Drop paint-covered cotton balls onto paper from a distance (standing up, on a chair, or from a porch)
  • Fill water balloons with DIY chalk paint and drop onto the sidewalk (on Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  • Splat painting with paint dots and cotton rounds (on A Crafty Morning)

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Prepping for Pre-K and Keeping it Minimal

I feel like it was just yesterday that my son was still latched onto me breastfeeding and I researching on my phone looking into all the different schooling options he would have when he finally reached that age. In hindsight, this is comical because it seems like I blinked and then there we were last […]

Oreo Minions #SteamTeam

You’ve seen my Minion Strawberries before and today, I am sharing my Oreo Minions. Oreo’s are a BIG favorite in my house and when my kids saw that I had made Minions out of them, they were so excited.

Oreo Minions

Here’s what you need:

  • Oreo’s
  • Black, Yellow and Blue Candy Melts (you can also used white chocolate that you color with food dye)
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Candy Melts E-Z Thin (you can also use Crisco)
  • Candy Melts Decorating Tips
  • Decorating Bags or Ziploc Bags

Here’s what you do:
1. Open the box of Oreo’s and unwrap them. Set aside.
2. Pour the yellow candy melts into a small measuring cup or bowl and follow the directions on the package directions for melting. Use E-Z Thin to thin out the candy melts or a bit of Crisco, but just add a small amount at a time because you want your candy melts to be a consistency that you can dip your Oreo’s into.

3. Dip one end of your Oreo into the melted yellow candy melts. You’ll want to coat a little more than half the Oreo. Pull the Oreo out of the candy melts and allow some of the excess to drip off. Place the Oreo on a wire cooling rack. After the excess has dripped off, move to a sheet of wax paper to dry.

4. Repeat step 2 with the blue candy melts.
5. Dip the other end of your Oreo into the melted blue candy melts. You’ll want to coat about ⅓ of the cookie. Pull the Oreo out of the candy melts and allow some of the excess to drip off. Place the Oreo on a wire cooling rack. After the excess has dripped off, move to a sheet of wax paper to dry.
6.Repeat step 2 with the black candy melts.
7. Pour the black candy melts into a decorating bag or ziploc bag with the smallest candy melts decorating tip attached.
8. Pipe black lines onto your Minion.

9. If you would like to add gray to the goggles, you’ll need to add white candy melts to another batch of black candy melts and prepare a second decorating bag.

10. Pipe circles of black (or gray if you make a batch) onto the black lines. While the candy melts are still wet, add the candy eyes.

11. Pipe on some fun faces with the black candy melts and add buttons onto their overalls. You could also add some hair! Have fun with these and let your little ones help.

Speaking of the Minions, did you know that you can watch the Minions on Netflix any time you want? We seriously love the Minions around here and have watched it many times this summer already!

Have you ever wondered how to make Oreo Minions? They are a super fun snack idea, easy to make and you're little minion lover will surely love these.Oreo Minions are easy to make and will surely be a huge hit with your favorite Minion lovers!

Note: I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam.  As part of the #streamteam, I have received product and complimentary service, but all opinions are 100% my own. 


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Why This Mom Feels Happy That Her Kids Left For College

My “baby” graduated from high school last spring – he’s 18 – I should clarify. Waiting for the ceremony to begin, I snapped a shot of the stage and posted it to Facebook with the caption, “I’m teary.” Or so I thought—autocorrect had changed my words to “I’m ready.” For a moment I was mortified: Really, autocorrect? But the next moment I was cheering the tall, handsome, fully grown man who is the younger of my two sons, as he strode confidently across the stage to accept his diploma. My heart swelled with pride, and I began to wonder if auto correct was onto something?

This mom feels happy that her kids left for college

The notion of “empty nest” is often associated with sadness, but the truth is that birds don’t have a problem with it. In fact, bird moms and dads encourage their fledglings leave the nest as soon as possible, while continuing to provide guidance and support. That sounds right to me.

My goal as a parent was to encourage my kids to fly—but they’re still my kids, and I’m still there for them even when they’re not living here my roof. A study out of the University of Missouri points to a lot of good coming from the way parent-child relationships change as kids grow into adults: Parents can be seen as mentors, rather than task-masters. But I don’t need a study to tell me what I already know. The fact that my kids are secure, healthy, and accomplished enough to venture out on their own means I did my job. And what do you do when you’ve done a job well? You savor the rewards.

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In my case, I started with a long, hot bath with the bathroom door open. No need for privacy, no need to defog the mirrors. And did I mention I took this bath at 6:00 pm? For most of my parenting life, that was the time my kids tended to ask, “Is dinner ready, Mom?” Personally, it’s always felt a bit early for me. So, with dinner relegated to some vague notion of “when I get around to it” now, I enjoyed my soak for over an hour, at which point, with two hours of daylight left, I toweled off, threw on workout clothes and running shoes, and headed out to do my daily four miles. Heck, if I wanted to, I could do six. Or even eight. It didn’t matter anymore, because no one was asking me when I’d be back or why I didn’t work out in the morning like “the other moms.”

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Back home in the twilight, I grilled myself a piece of salmon—my first home-cooked fish in I-don’t-know-how-long, because my kids can’t stand the smell. Afterward, I rinsed my plate and placed it in the dishwasher, pausing for a moment to admire the gleaming, clean, empty kitchen sink. Later, on my way to bed, I didn’t have to nag anyone to turn off his computer and get some sleep, or avert my eyes from the chaos of clothing all over the floor. I didn’t have to iron anyone’s shirt for the next day.

From the moment I brought my first child home from the hospital and for a period of 20 years thereafter, my house was no longer my own. There were baby toys and baby play mats and cars and trucks parallel parked around my living room, which eventually morphed into backpacks and papers and sneakers.

For two decades, there’s been food in my pantry you couldn’t have paid me to eat—from strained peas and pureed veal to white-chocolate-peanut butter and pasta shaped like bicycles. And then there were the socks—so, so many socks. There were bottle-cap collections, key chain collections, and paper mâché planets suspended from wire hangers by dental floss. And then there was the used dental floss on the bathroom floor. Crumbs on the kitchen counter, where Adam had made his famous peanut-butter-turkey-and maple syrup sandwiches—no plate, of course because “it’s a pain to have to put it in the dishwasher.”

How could he know, never having tried?

These last 20 years have been an endless cycle of load, run, repeat—from diapers to dishes to ironing button-downs. My life could be summarized in three words: do, undo, redo. There were times I felt the weight of the duties and responsibilities. There were times I wished it would all go away—the demands, I mean, but never, ever my boys.

 Feeling happy when kids leave for college

This morning, I woke up to an empty house, plucked fresh towels out of the dryer, origami-ed them into fluffy white sweet rolls, and then carefully set them out in a pretty wicker basket, knowing the tableau will remain largely undisturbed for months. But wait. Was that a pang of regret? Should I have savored the mess while it was happening? Was I a terrible mother to be happy to have my house to myself? Then I remembered: My kids flew the coop because I taught them to fly. If I’m happy to be drinking a cup of coffee in my quiet house as I write this, it’s not about not loving my children. It’s about finding the good in their absence. It’s about realizing that when your smartphone auto corrects “teary” to “ready,” you should take note.

This post originally appeared on Reader’s Digest.


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Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer and attorney. You can find her work in Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, Naturally Savvy, and a variety of other publications on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.



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First Day of School: Forever Missing the Child Who’s Not in the Picture

Back to school translates for most parents into lists, check-ups, forms, fees and fatigue! By the time summer begins to close, everyone seems to start talking about how ready they are for their children to return to a schedule… that beloved school schedule that’s far more predictable than the summertime one. But the ultimate back to school moment is the first day of school photo, right?

In my home, the first day of school was recast four years ago. My little boy passed away at 11 years old following a 4-year battle with brain cancer. Fifth grade was his final back to school picture with his sister and friends. The final “what should we wear” talk. The last new backpack.

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His sister faces her first day of school, about to be her 5th time, in a photo alone. Of course there are those with her friends and me. And the one that captures her look when I’ve asked for one too many! But at some point during that morning, we look at each other without a word and know that we are thinking of the other half of the picture, like it’s torn in two and stored somewhere.

My daughter has a beautiful life. She’s strong and happy. But she is alone, every day and night. The loss of that across-the-hall “good night”, or running downstairs Christmas morning together, cheering at his hockey games, or first day of school picture will never be soothed. She does not spend a moment without remembering her sweet little brother. But he will always be 11. She has watched his buddies get taller, their voices deepen, their athletic victories, and getting their drivers licenses, all as her brother remains 11.

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As a mom, I share that hollow heart with her. Since my son’s passing, I’ve finally found a way to answer the repeated, continuing question, “So, how are you”? Most of the time you’ll hear me say “Oh, I’m fine”, which is actually true. But it is so incomplete, yet so consuming to go any further. On rare occasion I will slowly reply that losing a child left a hole in half of my heart. All I can do now is garden around that hole. My son’s life was an immeasurable lesson of joy, strength, courage and faith. I have the privilege of learning from him every day. So my garden continues to grow.

What does this have to do with back to school?

It’s the picture.
The lens.

The pictures of all of your friend’s children in that special moment. It’s one of the hardest days of our year. When your lens sees him next to your daughter, but the photograph doesn’t print it in its completeness, that’s the moment you remember the definition of God’s gift to us as parents. The other end of the lens is living proof that God has temporarily shared his perfect creation with us for one more school year. And for some of us, that became our last back to school picture.

So as you lay out the outfit, pack that lunch, sneak a note into the backpack, or as I am, pack that little girl up to move to college for the first time, remember that your lens will capture your greatest gift. Pause and adore what you see in the lens.


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Kim MacNeill works full-time as president of The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation (R33M.org) founded in honor of her son’s 4-year battle with brain cancer.  The mission of R33M is to fund research to end pediatric brain cancer.  The Foundation is nearing $1M raised in 3 1/2 years.
Before diving into non-profit work, Kim spent 17 years in a healthcare career, and the past 18 years in the best job ever – being a mom.  Kim and her daughter live in Wheaton, Illinois.






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Slow clap: Mark Zuckerberg taking 2 months paternity leave

by Melissa Willets posted in Parenting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to take two months off when his wife, Priscilla Chan, gives birth to their second child later this year. He announced the decision, shocker, in a Facebook post. “When Max was born, I took two months of paternity leave. I will always be grateful… Read…

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Candy Corn Halloween Kids Craft


Paper plates
Tempera Paint
Pipe Cleaners
White school glue
Sharpie marker

Paint the paper plate in a bullseye shape; white in the center, yellow ring around that and
orange on the ridged outer edge of the paper plate. LET DRY


Once paint has dried completely, place another unpainted plate under your painted plate.

Cut plates with scissors into pie shape; 4 cuts = 8 pieces

You will use pipe cleaners for the arms and legs. Yellow for arms and orange for legs.
Bend the orange pipe cleaner in half to make legs.

Place the yellow pipe cleaner across the candy corn shape to make the arms. Cut to desired
Use plenty of glue and sandwich the paper plate triangles together to hold the pipe cleaners in
DRY Completely and decorate with cute faces.

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5 things I’ve had to accept as a mom with an invisible illness

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