On a recent trip to the shops we purchased a new Colorific Face Painting kit. The kids were very excited and immediately started discussing what they would transform themselves into. We decided that we would research a few different tutorials when we arrived home and they would paint each others face rather than their own.
We trawled the net for some great tutorials. Miss N was going to be a rabbit. Master R a skeleton. We noted to use the sponge first and add details. We were pumped we were ready to go!
We prepared our work space outside, arranging all the paints, sponges and brushes so they were accessible. We used headbands to move our hair back and the morning newspaper to rest all of our items on. I decided early to let the kids do this themselves. I knew that the finished product was unlikely to resemble any of the images we had seen in the tutorials. As they grew in confidence in experimenting with the paints their faces changed. They became more and more experimental, with this momentum resulting in explosions of colour.
I’m confident that not one of the faces we produced would ever appear on stage or in a halloween movie, but the exploration of colour and techniques was a whole lot of fun. This small activity lasted for around 90 minutes AND they cleaned up without prompting. A great activity for under $15.00 (or less if you use items from your pantry to create homemade face paint).