Little Picassos

Father’s Day Art Activity: Froggy gift idea for Dada!

Here’s to all the dads out there! Weekend warriors, stay at home dads, modern day Danny Tanners — and everyone in between. Sleepless and resilient, we want to wish you all a very happy Father’s Day! Still looking for a special gift for the big guy? You’re in luck!

Hop along with us!

This week’s little Picasso post is inspired by the high energy after work playtime. In my house it usually consists of a very exhausted Mike (still in his suit)  mustering enough energy for casual jumping, crawling, and laughing. Ben loves it. One game they are pretty obsessed with is hopping/jumping like a frog. Which is fitting, because who doesnt want to wish their dad a very Hoppy Father’s Day?

Activity: Hoppy Father’s Day 

A mixed media craft, exploring sculpture and form while tapping into some old favorites from our little chick activity! 

Materials: 

  • foam board (1/2 a full dollar store board)
  • Exacto knife 
  • Decorative paper or tissue paper cut up into small pieces 
  • Glue stick 
  • White glue and water 
  • Paint brush 
  • Hot glue gun
  • White model magic
  • Crayola markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Small piece of paper for card

All set? Time to get to stepping! 

Step 1: Get your prep on

Prep for this activity is pretty straight forward. Cut up pieces of tissue paper and decorative paper about 1 good handful. And then draw out a medium sized lily pad on your foam board. Not too large bc your Little Picasso will be covering the surface with tissue paper. 

Step 2: Glue and stick

Using the glue stick, cover the interior of your Lilly pad shape. I left it uncut until after it was covered. It is a great lesson for your LP. Invite them to cover the inside of the shape with paper, give them a quick demo.

Step 3: Model magic fun

Break off a small piece (about an inch) of model magic and hand it to your Little Picasso. Have them explore the texture and shape. Roll it around, mush it, stretch it out. Once they have had some fun, give them a green crayola market. “Hop” the marker along the model magic, once there is enough colour take the marker back. Have them mush it around again, spreading the colour throughout. PSA: Their hands will be green, but it will come off in the bath. 

Step 4: Final touches 

Once your LP has made a shape that they are happy with set it aside to dry. Their job is done now 🙂 

You can grab your white glue and water and make a 1:1 mixture. With a paintbrush cover the now colourful lily pad with this mixture, securing all fly away pieces of paper and making it nice and glossy. Set aside to dry

Step 5: some Assembly required

Use your hot glue and glue googly eyes on the frog, if you have a scrap green piece of paper glue it to the bottom as feet. Cut out the dry and colourful lily pad out if you haven’t done so already. Glue the frog to its new home. Using a small piece of paper or card stock write “Hoppy Fathers Day” and have your Little Picasso “sign” the inside.

 

Happy Creating!
Char xo

Are you a stay at home dad? We’d love to hear from you!

I’m Char, Mike’s wife and Ben’s mama. We live in the east end and love long walks on the beach with our spunky wiener dog Sammie. My weeks often straddle a fine line as a stay-at-home mama, while hustling as an arts educator and freelance content writer/ illustrator. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be under the pile of laundry with my toddler, prepping materials for my next art workshop.

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