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Painting with and on Styrofoam

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We got a package the other day that had some styrofoam in it and Cheyenne has been playing with it periodically.  Some went on the ends of the product we ordered, so it had holes in it, so Cheyenne put them on her feet and was wearing styrofoam shoes. I really wish I had gotten a picture of that.  Oh well….

The other day, I thought I’d cut one of them into pieces and give Cheyenne something different to paint with.  She thought it was cool, especially after she had stamped it a couple of times and there wasn’t as much paint on it and she could see the pattern it made. She also really liked putting each end in a different color and stamp 2 colors at once.

She had been painting some pages from her coloring book so she still had her watercolors out and wanted to use those.  I didn’t think it would work well, but I wanted her to figure it out for herself.  She didn’t.  It did paint on there, but didn’t dry and just beaded up a little.  She said “See it paints just fine!”

I finally convinced her to try the regular paints and see if it worked any better.  They did look better, but once dry, a lot of it wipes off.  But it was more about the process than the end result and she had a great time, so it was a good thing!!

It was a little messy trying to hold something you are painting, but Cheyenne doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty.  She usually ends up painting her hands anyway during her painting escapades, so no harm done here!

All in all, it was a good time and an interesting experience.

Let me know if you give it a try and how it worked for you!!


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