Thursday, April 2, 2009

{Spring Art:: Rubber-band Prints}

This morning, after a record breaking whirl of schoolwork, the kids and I made rubber-band prints.

We each drew a simple picture on a piece of heavy cardboard. Then "drew" over the picture with a glue stick. When our picture is good and sticky, we used bits and pieces of rubber-bands to outline the image.

I'm thinking of doing this again with Boo with letters as our images. He's quite into letters at the moment...he sees them in everything!

Once the glued band pieces dried, we painted over our stamps with tempera and stamped them onto card-stock.

One thing occurred to me while cleaning up after this little project. I wonder why I have the hardest time getting into sceince projects for my kids. To me, science is too messy. This project was no cleaner than any science we've ever had to do, yet I hardly noticed all the paint-covered fingers. And seriously, I was freaking out about the water splashing all over the floor when we did the Sink or Float experiment. Yet if the water is to wash our brushes, BRING IT ON! I guess that is reason #216 that we are part of a co-op, with other moms who are science-bent!


  1. Um, is that Baby eating glue in one of the photos?!

  2. That is a great idea! I love it! I am totally going to try it soon! Thanks so much for posting this!

  3. Wow! Such a cool idea...I'm going to have to remember this for when my kids are a bit older... my 2 year old doesn't quite have the coordination needed for small rubber band bits.

  4. What an awesome glad I found your blog.

  5. My mom wants to do this with the boys -- we were wondering how you got the paint evenly on the rubber bands. Did you just paint it on with a brush?

  6. care-
    yup, we used those cheap sponge brushes, but any brush would do...the tricky thing for Belle was that she used different size bands, so some of the smaller width bands didn't show pics of the boys' work!

  7. I love this idea and my 4 year old son will,too! :)

  8. What a great idea ! 'm gong to have to try these with my two littlies !!