How to manage children lying? Positive parenting tips.

How do you deal with children lying?

I’ve asked the question a while back on the creatifulkids facebook page and I learned that many people face the same challenge. So along with the positive parenting tips I’ve shared so far, I decided to also write down the approach I took when my 6 year old lied to me about some money she took.

I’m not going to write here about the small little innocent lies which often originate from the imagination and fantasy of toddler kids. Instead, I’m touching the serious topic of children lying and give – what I believe is – an example of positive parenting approach for managing these situations.

How to manage children lying - practical positive parenting tips

That day I went swimming with the kids. As usual, when going out of the swimming pool, I took the clothes from the locker, and put the coin I used back in my wallet. I didn’t think much of it when I saw Victoria (6 years old) fiddling with my wallet. I was busy dressing her siblings and I just reminded her to leave my wallet be and not to take money out. She said “OK”  and that was that.

However while getting out of the building, Victoria was stalling and when she catched up with us she was holding a small new toy in her hand.  It was the kind of toy you get from those machines where you insert a coin and get a random object in return.

Right that moment I suspected what happened, but I was not sure. So our next conversation went kind of like this:

Me: “Victoria, where did you get this toy from?”
Victoria: “From the machine over there.”
Me: “But you need to put money there to get a toy. Did you put money?”
Victoria: “Yes.”

From the look on her face, I knew my suspicions were true and I started to get upset. So I said: ”I told you not to take money from my wallet! Did you take a coin from my wallet?”
I could see the expression on her face changing and the joy of her new toy fading away. Yet she still answered me: “No, I didn’t.”
Me: ” Are you sure?”
Victoria: “Yes.”
Me: “I don’t believe what you say. I think you took the coin from my wallet even when I told you not to and you bought yourself a toy with that!”

She was silent.  And I also didn’t know what to say or how to act next.

The only thing I knew was that I did not want to get physical because I wanted her to UNDERSTAND that what she did is wrong rather than FEAR my reaction. So I decided to buy myself some time: ”We’ll continue to talk about this later. Now let’s get to the car!” I said in a firm voice.

Once everyone was in the car I started to reflect about what just happened and how I can deal with my children lying.

  • As a first, I wanted to give her the opportunity to come out and admit her mistake. Although, away from the heat of the moment, I realize now that I didn’t do a too good job here. Without wanting it, I went very fast into blaming and kind of set her up for failure with words like “I told you…” and “Did you…?”.  So indeed, she did not recognize her mistake and dug her whole even deeper. (I’ll write more about this later – now let’s get back to the story)
  • As a second I told her that I didn’t believe her. I deliberately avoid using strong language as “You are lying!” or “That is not true!” as I find it important to recognize the possibility that I am wrong.
  • As a third, I decided not to react immediately, but take a step back and make a break. I think this is very important for several reasons:
    1. It avoids too much negative emotions. I could have shouted, screamed or cried and this would have made it clear for her that she did something wrong. But I don’t think it would teach her much about WHY it is wrong what she did. She would likely start crying and as such not be much of a listener anymore, because her and my emotions would get in the way.
    2. Buying myself some time also allowed me to think my approach through. I believe in positive parenting and I do believe that you can use occasions as this one to help your child develop and strengthen the bond you’re having.

After keeping silent for 5-10 minutes till I figured out my approach, I started talking to her again.

Me: “Victoria, I am very disappointed by what you did and it makes me upset. I believe that you lied to me about taking the coin from my wallet. If you are lying to me, that means that I can not trust you and I don’t like that.”

I paused a bit and looked at her. She was silent but I could see she was listening. At this point it was me doing all the talking and Victoria doing the listening. I kept my voice down and stayed calm so she would not start crying but pay attention instead. So I continued.

Me: “I find it very important in our family that we are honest which each other and we don’t lie. I would like to raise beautiful and good kids that I can trust. But if you lie and steel, and you think it’s ok, you will become a bad person and I don’t want to have bad persons as part of my family.”

I could see on her face that she was getting worried and was concerned with what I was telling her.

And still I continued: “I am disappointed with you because I thought that you knew that it is not good to do these things … But maybe you did not realize just how bad the things you just did are. Maybe you did not realize that by lying and stealing you can become a bad person and a thief.  Do you want to become a thief?”

Victoria: “No…

Me: “I will try not be upset with you this time, because you maybe didn’t realize that you were doing something so wrong. But it is very important to me that you understand now that you did something very bad and that you should never do that again. Because if you will lie again to me, then it means that I can not trust you anymore. OK?”

“OK” she said in a soft voice

Me: “OK, I am not upset with you any more because I know now that you understand it was bad what you did and I trust that you will not do it again. But I want you to tell to daddy this evening what you did.”

She started crying and we had some more discussion about why it is important for daddy to know (because we are a family and have no secrets towards each other), and why it was important for her to tell (because she needed to take responsibility for what she did) – but she kept on crying.

Me:“Would it help you if we tell it together to daddy?”

“Yes” she said and stopped crying and I stopped the car and we hugged and felt closer than ever.

That’s pretty much where I left it and I did not act upset anymore with her after this. This actual made her very kind and hugging the rest of the day. However I did make sure she got to talk to daddy that evening. This was hard for her, but I helped her with parts of the story, and made sure she felt I was on her side while she was telling daddy.

I find it important to explain my kid the impact of what their actions are on our relation because I believe this one of the most powerful ways to bring such messages across.

I also try to treat my kids with respect, so I will try as much as possible to explain my point of view. To explain why I believe it is wrong what they did and why they should not do so again in the future. I don’t want them to behave out of fear of my reaction, but rather for them to truly understand the impact of what they are doing.

For the same reasons I had this open conversation with Victoria in front of her brother and sister, because I believe this is a life lesson they can learn from as well. I made sure they understand that this is an important discussion and that they cannot interrupt. Instead they should understand why their sister did something wrong, and they should pay attention so that they know in the future not to do the same mistake. While teaching  a lesson in front of an audience, it is important tough to do this in a respectful way and not to bully one kid in front of the others.

I don’t always manage to parent as good as I’d like to, but the times I manage, I’m very proud of myself :-). Now time will tell if this approach I took will pay off.

How do you react when you see children lying?

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Ice Summer Activity for Kids – Easy and Fun!

For a  while now, I’ve been looking for easy to make summer activities for kids that don’t require too much space and can be done in a small balcony, small courtyard, or even inside.

So today I’d like to share with you one of our favorite summer activities for kids: playing with ice.

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It’s not the first time we play with ice, but this time I added a bit of drama to make it more fun for the kids. Did you notice how everything is better and more fun when you add drama? I sure did and I am using this tactic often with the kids.

So this ice play all started as a rescue mission to save Elena’s toys which were trapped in ice by the evil snow witch. Because the evil witch found them on the floor – as they were not put back in the cupboard – and she froze them. ALL OF THEM!

So if they wanted them back, they’d have to do their best to set them free.

To get them into the game I started with a loud “OOOhhhh”. So they turned to me and asked ” What is it mommy?” ….. “Something has happened, and I need to tell you about it.” I replied, and the game was on!

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They were immediately taken by the story and they all wanted to help rescue the toys! So while they were getting themselves comfortable at the table waiting for me, I went to the kitchen to prepare the activity.

I came back with plastic glasses that contained the magical melting powder, water spraying bottles and a big container that had the tower of frozen toys. The kids had to put some magic powder on the ice and spray with water over it. And they got really excited about this!

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Somewhere in the middle of the game Victoria turned to me and whispered in my year … “Mommy, I know it’s not the snow witch who did this, it was YOU who put the toys in water and then in the freezer”. But that was to stay our secret.

It’s nice to see their little minds working. She didn’t question the magical powder though, and I didn’t tell her. I figured that I can leave that for her to discover another day when we’re doing other summer activities for kids.

So how did we do it ?

  • I used the bottom part of a plastic bottle as recipient for freezing the toys. The nice thing with using a plastic bottle is that you can cut it to fit whatever space you have in the freezer.
  • I filled it 1/3 with water, added some of the toys and let it freeze. Once frozen, I added some more water and toys and let it freeze again. I did it like this to avoid the toys from floating and concentrating only on one part of the ice tower. I wanted them all over :-)
  • The magical powder was a combination of salt and sparkling powder. The salt is all you need, so you can leave the sparkling powder out but I just wanted to make it more magical :-)
  • Water for the kids. I used spraying bottles, but you can basically use any pot you have in the house. Once the glasses with the magical melting powder were empty we used them to simply pour the salty water over the ice.
  • A container/tray so you don’t make a too big mess. I used a shallow plastic box so all 3 kids could work together.

Although this is a perfect idea for hot summer activities for kids, we played with this indoors as at the time the weather was not that great. But that did not alter the fun at all! That’s why this activity is on the list of fun summer activities for kids that we tested and approved!

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If you want to see another nice ice activity for kids, have a look at this tower ice excavation from FunAtHomeWithKids.
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Make a Fairy Birthday Countdown for Kids

Birthdays … for most kids this is THE DAY, the highlight of the year. In our house the birthday countdown is a big deal and we started a tradition to make a themed birthday countdown for the kids.

Make a Fairy Birthday Countdown for Kids

10 days before THE day, a birthday countdown made of 10 fairies “magically” appeared on the wall of our living room, and that made quite an impression on my birthday girl.  Have a look at Victoria’s reaction when she first saw her fairy birthday countdown.

 I had the pleasure to write about how I made Victoria’s birthday countdown on  a favorite blog of mine, KidsActivitiesBlog.com. So hop over there to read the rest of the story and download the free printables so that you can also make your own fairy countdown!

And one last thing, if you liked these birthday countdown fairies, have a look also at how I used the  black and white version of the fairies in one of our favorite activities for toddlers. And while you’re there, you can also download some more free printables ;-)

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Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

If you’re looking for easy activities for toddlers or some easy crafts with toilet paper rolls that you can do with a little one, then check this one out!  Also, look out for the free printables inside this post!

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Lukas was having a play date. So it was me and the girls that afternoon and I was looking for a couple of easy activities for toddlers. The task was to keep my little Elena happy and give her older sister the time to draw a butterfly.

I thought to let Elena color the black and white version of the fairies we did for Victoria’s birthday countdown. But before we could start, Elena found a toilet paper roll and that’s when I thought to give it a try and let her do (more or less on her own) some crafts with toilet paper rolls.

As far as crafts for kids go, this is one of the easiest activities for toddlers that one can do.

This is what we used for this easy craft for toddlers:

  • A printer, to print the free template that you can download below
  • Scissors
  • Glue. I used this one and with Elena I try to avoid the liquid ones as they are messier with toddlers ;-)
  • Coloring pencils. Anything goes as long as it’s washable ;-)
  • Paper tape. This one is optional. I used it to stick the fairy to the wall.
  • Toilet paper rolls

First, we printed the fairy wings and body. Then I just put them in front of Elena, together with the coloring pens and I stepped out of the scene. I wanted to give her the freedom to do what she want, and I would only help if she’d want me to.

Since we’ve been talking about free printables, you can download our free printable fairy if you press on the button below:

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Once she colored the wings, she also wanted to  cut them. And so she did in the best way she could: She cut the A4 paper ( this took a while) and when she was done , she gave it to me and asked me to continue.

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

So I did my best to cut out the wings, but if you look closer you might notice the signs the passion she put in this project.

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Can you see the whole where the coloring pen just went though the paper? What about the places where she did some extra cuts in the wings? …  Yeah, I also don’t see them :-)

I praised her on how nicely she cut and draw the wings, pointing out and naming the different colors she used. She was very happy. And then I asked her if she’d like to color the fairy body also.

In her toddler-ish way she showed me a big smile and put arms forward: Her way of saying: “bring it on!”

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

And once she decided that the painting was done I asked her if she wanted to cut some more. But she didn’t. So I did it, and she was happy to do the assembly.

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Once the fairy body was glued on the toilet paper roll, it was time to glue the wings …

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

… and press really REALLY hard so that the fairy and the wings stay glued together (forever) :-)

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

So the only thing left (before putting it on the wall) was to admire the result of her hard work.

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Of course we could not put this fairy from toiler paper roll on the wall without playing with it a bit and makig sure that it can fly.

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

And in our last step we used  the paper tape to put her fairy on the wall, at Elena’s height where she could admire and play with it whenever she wanted.

Easy Activities for Toddlers: Make a Fairy from a Toilet Paper Roll

What do you think was the first thing she did when Lukas and daddy came home?

She of course took them by the hand and proudly showed them her creation. Not only did she have fun making it, she’s also very proud of her work and on top she has a new toy to play with!

So that’s why this crafts with toilet paper rolls is one of our favorite activities for toddlers! What is yours?

By the way, I gathered some other easy activities for toddlers here, so if I need some inspiration I know where to go ;-)

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Building a Car Racing Track from Cardboard

This car racing track from cardboard saved my sanity on a Sunday morning not so long ago. It’s easy to do, fun for the kids and it gave me the one hour I needed to get my coffee and wake myself up.

For me and my husband, some of the hardest times we have managing our kids are weekend mornings. Those days the kids wake up way before we would want them to and are full of energy and ready to play. Unfortunately we are still sleepy, trying to pull ourselves together – with the help of a coffee – and making the best out of it. That’s also how that day started …

Group Activities for Kids of Different Ages to Keep them from Bouncing off the Walls

It was a Sunday morning and we (the adults) were still sleeping. I don’t know when the kids woke up, but I remember hearing them -like in a dream- playing downstairs. They were making increasingly more noise as they were playing in the living room. So I knew that quiet play wouldn’t last. That’s why I decided to go down before they would get into a fight.  

Like a disguised secret agent, in pajamas and with my hair in all directions, I sneaked into to the kitchen. The first mission: to make myself a coffee and have a sip from it before my cover is blown and they’ll notice that I am awake. So while waiting for my morning fuel to get ready, I was gazing over the kitchen window and enjoying the last moments of invisibility for the day.

DIIIINNNG! The coffee is done. My cover is blown anyway, so I step in the living room taking the first sip of my too hot coffee.

Momy, Mommy! Elena is ruining everything we do!” both Victoria and Lukas turned to me complaining about their 2 year old sister. Elena, in her clumsy and stubborn toddler-ish way, was trying to be part of their game.

Elena loves to be involved in everything the bigger kids do. “Kikido” is her way of saying “me too” and it rolls of her tongue about a zillion times a day. There is nothing her older sister and brother can do that she doesn’t want to be part of. And why not – in her eyes she is as capable as they are and can do everything they do!

Yes, I see that. But I’m sure she does not mean it, maybe she just wants to play with you,” was my first trial while I took my second sip of coffee.
But we don’t want to play with her!”  said Victoria.
She ruins our game!  … On purpose!” Lukas continues.
I see that…Shall we try to play something else ” my non-inspired second try.
NO!” Lukas and Victoria were screaming simultaneously.

At this point I wished I had a list of fun and easy to setup group activities for kids of mixed ages. Then I wouldn’t have to activate my sleeping brain so early in the morning. But I didn’t have such a list and I had to come up with something -the faster the better! So I took my third sip of coffee and gave it another shot, putting a little bit more enthusiasm in my own voice …

What about making a slide for the toy cars and we do a race?
Oh YEAH” Lukas said, as anything with cars – specially when involving a race – can get him enthusiastic.
How will we do that?” Victoria asked, being tempted by the race as well.
Maybe we can use a big piece of cardboard and the living room table …” I continued.
Oh YEAH” and Lukas was already off to the garage door to look for cardboard.

Of course Elena had to be part of all this excitement, dropped whatever she was doing and all of us went hunting for a big piece of cardboard in the garage.

We taped one end to the table and put a chair on the other end so it would stay in place. Their challenge was to aim the cars so they would go under the chair and roll as far as possible.

Group Activities for Kids of Different Ages to Keep them from Bouncing off the Walls They all three joined and had fun, while I could sit back, make pictures and finish my coffee. The change to an activity in which they all three could participate, broke the tension between them. And it is so easy to set up that they didn’t have to wait long.

Once the car racing hype was over, Victoria ran to the garage to collect some more cardboard boxes because she had another idea. She made a car from two cardboard boxes. But later on, the car turned into a bed for the “sick” Victoria and her devoted caretaker Elena.

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The kids continued to play for a while with the cardboard. Even when my coffee was finished, they were still playing quiet … what a bliss! My morning was saved!

Luckily we have quite some cardboard in the garage, as we often do kids activities with cardboard.

If you know other group activities for kids of mixed ages, do let me know as I’m thinking to make list of different group activities for kids, to refer to in moments when my brain is not up for the challenge!

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Free Owl Coloring Pages for Kids

If your children like coloring, then these free owl coloring pages for kids are all yours to download.

They are perfect for 2 to 3 year old kids – when they are still working on their “drawing inside the lines” skills – hence the thick lines of these free owl coloring pages for kids.

Free Owl Coloring Pages for Kids

This is the story behind these free owl printable pages.

Elena – my 2 year old – is learning about owls at preschool. At home she is putting her stamp on all the owl coloring pages for kids that she can find – or better said, all the owl coloring pages I can find and print for her :-)

Free Owl Coloring Pages for Kids

So, since owl coloring pages for kids are such a hit these days with Elena, grandma (who draws all our free printables) made some special ones for her. As you can see my printer is getting low on black ink, but Elena didn’t seem to mind :-)

Free Owl Coloring Pages for Kids

And since I have them anyway, why not share them on CreatifulKids so you can just download, print and enjoy these free owl coloring pages for kids.

Free Owl Coloring Pages for Kids

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And as a bonus, for you getting this far, these are other free owl coloring pages for kids that we enjoyed these days! 

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Free Printable Masks Templates for Kids

We’ve been playing lately making masks, and I’ve got some of them in digital version for you to download.

Check out and download these free printable masks templates.

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How to Make an Indoor Slide for Kids

This indoor slide for kids might come in handy one day when you’re stuck at home with energetic kids.

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It was in the early afternoon and outside it was already getting dark. Some heavy rain was coming our way and I was in the house with my 3 kids. The initial plan was to get out in the park but obviously that was not an option any more. I tried to invite them to do some painting, cutting or some other crafts project - but NO, they wanted something active. So they came up with some ideas of their own:

“We can jump on you!”
“You can be the monster and try to catch us!”
“We can jump from one bed to the other and you catch us so we don’t get hurt!”
….

At this point I started to fear that I wouldn’t make it through the day. That’s when the indoor slide idea came to my mind. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

I took a mattress from their bed, put it as a slide on my bed, and invited them to try out our new indoor slide. Gosh they had fun with it!

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They helped each other get on the indoor slide, they took turns, and also took some breaks from time to time, as the exercise was very intense.

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My only task was to re-build the indoor slide and put the mattress back on the bed every time it got on the floor.

They played more than one hour on this indoor slope and this clearly exhausted them. But even then, we could only stop after I promised that we’ll play like this again the next day.

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So if you ask them what is their favorite activity in the house, I bet that they’ll say “the indoor slide for kids!”.

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How to Make a Cardboard Sword for Kids

Making a cardboard sword proved to be a “must do too” after we finished our knight shield. Luckily a cardboard sword is easy enough to make.

How to Make a Knight Shield out of Cardboard
This is what you need to make a cardboard sword for kids:

  • Hard Cardboard (look for some really strong cardboard big enough to fit the full sword)
  • Pencil/drawing tool
  • Utility knife
  • Masking tape
  • Silver tape
  • Paint, brushes and craft gems or other decorating materials

This is how we made our cardboard sword for kids:

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We first decided on the shape of our cardboard sword: I had in mind something more similar to this sword (from Red Ted Art) but my kids decided that that’s not the kind of cardboard sword they wanted. Bummer! So I asked them to show me what they want, and for like 30 min they took turns in drawing their dream sword and explaining me what they wanted. Once that was settled we started the “real work”.

How to Make a Knight Shield and cardboard sword

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I made a sword template and started with the cutting of the cardboard sword: As for our shield, I made a template out of paper and then used it as a tracing pattern for drawing the sword on the cardboard. For our cardboard sword, I cut 2 sword shapes from cardboard and layere them into one cardboard sword to give it more strength. I also cut 2 more pieces of cardboard for the handle of the sword (the green colored part of our sword), and connect them to the sword to the to give it a 3D look.

How to Make a Knight Shield and cardboard sword

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The next step was to tape all of these pieces of cardboard together. I choose not to use paper mâché (because I found it too messy) and used instead paper tape. I wrapped the whole cardboard sword in paper tape. So at the end I had a nice looking and strong sword, but it looked quite unattractive. So Lukas decided to take a black pen and color it, but then we had a better idea: to use silver tape. I put silver tape on the blade of our cardboard sword and it already looked like we’re going somewhere :-)

How to Make a Knight Shield and cardboard sword

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I put another layer of paper tape on the handle of the cardboard sword (as we wanted to paint and decorate it. Then I asked my little knight what colors he wanted to use to paint his cardboard sword. If you saw our green knight shield, you won’t be surprised by his choice:-)

How to Make a Knight Shield and cardboard sword

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Once the paint was dried, I took out the “precious stones” and the decorating began. Soon after we had a nice set: A cardboard sword and a cardboard shield that the kids could use to chase their imaginary dragons.

How to Make a Knight Shield and cardboard sword

If you liked this sword but you’re looking for other kind of crafts with cardboard (more girlish) have a look at these easy to make cardboard fairy wings that all 3 of my kids still enjoy playing with, even if it’s almost a year since they made them.

How to Make a Knight Shield and cardboard sword

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Egg Art for Kids- Painting with Egg Yolk

If you’re looking for new art ideas, then try this egg art for kids and paint with egg yolk.

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First, let’s tackle the obvious question: Why on earth would you choose to paint with egg yolk? It sounds weird. True, but it’s also different, creative, long lasting … and you might just happen to have broken or old eggs in the house which are no longer good for consumption. That’s exactly what happened to me. And although my husband was reluctant, painting with egg yolk seemed a better idea than simply throwing the eggs away.

In fact, some days ago my youngest was checking out the fridge and demolishing half of it on her way in. Some days later I realized 2 eggs in the carton box were broken and I suspected they had been there broken in the box for some days. So I didn’t trust to use them as food anymore. Instead of throwing them away, I thought of an egg art for kids, and invited my little artists to paint with the yolk of my broken eggs.

But there’s more to say for it than just having some broken eggs. There are some interesting differences between painting with egg yolk and the “normal” painting techniques:

  • With egg yolk the colors stay vibrant and shiny, making your painting look smooth and shiny and giving similar results as when paint with oil based colors.
  • The paint is thicker than normal paint and dries very fast. To avoid ‘cracks’ in your painting, I suggest you use a stiff material to paint on (cardboard, wood or glass rather than plain paper)
  • I’m not sure you care about this, but egg yolk makes your paint longer lasting. So much that some past and present painters make their own paint using egg yolk and build societies around that.
  • In the kids version (combining egg yolk with washable paint), the egg paint is water-resistant, but not waterproof. So the painting will be ‘safer’, but you can still wash off any stains from your kids clothes or the table-cloth :-)

A side note for doing egg art for kids: The “real artists” who paint with egg separate the yolk and white of the egg. However if you do this with the kids, you can use the whole egg content (yolk and white).  Just mix mix the yolk and white together, like you’d do for an omelet. The colors of the painting will continue to be vibrant and shiny, but the paint itself will have a slightly different texture than if you’d paint only with egg yolk.

On this close-up picture you see the vibrant, shiny colors even though the paint is completely driedegg art for kids - art ideas for kids

What you need for this egg art for kids:

  • one egg yolk (we used two because we had two broken eggs, but one would have been more than enough)
  • liquid watercolor or poster paint or other washable liquid paint
  • brushes (you need one separate brush for the yolk and some other brushes for the colors)
  • containers for the colors and the egg yolk
  • a palette for mixing the colors (or you can substitute it -as we did- with a white box)
  • something “stiff” to paint on (we used a thick sheet of paper, but it was not such a good idea. You’ll see why)

egg art for kids - art ideas for kids
The technique is simple: When painting, you substitute the water with egg yolk. That’s all :-)

This is how we did our egg art for kids:
First, my 3 artists (age 6, 4 and 2) decided what they wanted to paint and made their drawings on a sheet of paper. Victoria chose to make a scene with chickens, eggs, stars and other details while Lukas and Elena did their best to draw Easter eggs.

egg art for kids - art ideas for kids
Then, once the drawings were done, I explained that we will use eggs instead of water. I could see the “what?” on their faces. What they had to do is to take some egg yolk from the egg container and put it on their “palette” (in our case a white box). Then with another brush, take the color (or colors) and mix them with the egg on the palette, and paint with that. The only time we’d use water was to wash the brushes  so that they could paint with another color.

Finally they painted and painted, and in the process learned a couple of things!

Victoria (6 years old) learned a couple of painting techniques: how to paint using only the tip of the brush rather than the whole brush – that’s how she made the grass and the flowers. She also learned how to recycle the paint from the end of the brush back to the top of the brush (by twisting the brush against a hard surface).

As a result we have a nice farm scene with the cock and hen looking at their chickens that are getting out of their eggs. And all of this in the night while other hens are sleeping.

egg art for kids - art ideas for kids

Lukas (4 years old) enjoyed experimenting. He started his painting adventure by examining a real egg, and then experimenting with how different painting with egg is compared to well … normal painting. Soon he decided that painting with egg is so much more fun. It’s shiny and yellow … according to him it makes no sense to even use other colors! So before I could react, he took his pot of egg yolk and poured the whole content over his sheet of paper. Then he just painted with that, and the result was a yellow and shiny Easter egg painting.

egg art for kids - art ideas for kids
Elena (2 years old), just held on to her painting pot and enjoyed mixing colors and tracing shapes. She had fun and it was a good exercise for her fine motor skills. With or without egg yolk, painting made no difference for her.  But that’s ok, because for her age painting is all about mixing colors and getting dirty :-)

egg art for kids - art ideas for kids

I was telling you that making this painting on paper might not be the best thing to do, most of all if you want to preserve and display the little pieces of art. If you use a sheet of paper or canvas and your kids are generous with their egg usage (like Lukas was) you’ll very soon get cracks in the “painting”. That’s because the egg paint is not a flexible paint and the paper is not stiff enough. So if you want to have something more long lasting, then paint on something that does stiffer like wood for example.

As a proud mother, I’ll of course put these masterpieces on the wall.

egg art for kids - art ideas for kids

Just a thought: if you’re doing  blown up egg crafts with kids for Easter, besides making an omelet, you can also use the yolk and white of the egg to do some egg art for kids ;-)

I hope you enjoyed our egg art for kids as much as we did!. If you paint with eggs and have pictures to share, I’l be curious to see them on the creatifulkids facebook page.

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