Learning Through Play: Making Cards The Messy Way

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It was Father’s Day in the UK on Sunday, and I wanted to make something with J to give to Luke. As he is only 10 months old, he is not yet old enough to choose a present, write a card, or even wish his dad a ‘Happy Father’s Day’. Not wanting to miss out on the chance for him to make something with his own hands, I started exploring different card designs. Here is what we came up with:

I took a sheet of A4 paper, folded it in half, and wrote ‘DAD’ in bubble letters on one side. I cut these letters out using a small pair of scissors. Next I folded a cream A4 sheet of card in half, and blue-tacked the letters to it.

Out in the garden, I set up J’s tuffspot tray*. These are brilliant for containing mess into a small area, and are very easy to wipe clean. I squirted lots of little blobs of Crayola paint* around the tray, and sat J in it! These paints are non-toxic, so great for little children. They clean off really well with baby wipes or water.

I showed J how to use his fingers to put the different colours on the card, which he quickly got the hang of. He was absolutely drowned in paint by the end, but he had managed to cover the entire card with lots of lovely splats!


I transferred him into the paddling pool to rinse off the paint, and left the card to dry. This is J’s finished product:


As usual, we needed a good soundtrack of music while making our masterpiece! Here is what we selected:

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