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Painted Toast Masterpiece

The Art Lesson

by Tomie dePaola

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Painted Toast Masterpiece

Exploring art doesn't usually involve taste buds, but here's an art activity that is good enough to eat! Kids will love creating their own snack masterpiece where a slice of bread becomes their canvas and colored milk their paint. 

Painted Toast Masterpiece - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf

Although using paintbrushes really makes this activity like painting, if you don't have any clean paintbrushes you can simply have your child spoon the milk "paint" over the bread.

Painted Toast Masterpiece

Ingredients:

  • About 1 cup skim milk
  • Food coloring
  • Bread slices

Supplies: 

  • 3 – 4 small bowls
  • Clean paintbrushes
  1. Put about 1/4 cup milk in each bowl.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl, and stir.
    Painted Toast Masterpiece
  3. When finished painting, toast bread slices until golden. 
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  4. Butter if desired, and enjoy as a tasty snack!
    Painted Toast Masterpiece - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf

 

/a>Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

DIY Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf

Kids will love to see how to make their own sidewalk chalk and easily mix up their favorite color. Once you've made your own chalk, get outside and make sidewalk pictures like Tommy does on the first page. 

Mixing the plaster can get messy, so you might want to make this project outside!

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

Supplies

  • Plaster of Paris (found at home-improvement stores)
  • Liquid food coloring, gel food coloring, or tempera paint
  • mixing bowls (plastic butter tubs work well)
  • bathroom tissue tubes
  • plastic wrap
  • rubber bands
  • mixing spoons
  • measuring cups

   DIY Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf

  1. Make your molds: For each stick of chalk, take 1 tissue roll and cover one end with a small piece of plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. 
  2. For each color, mix 3/4 cup Plaster of Paris and 1/4 cup water in a small mixing bowl. 
    DIY Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf

  3. Add  food coloring or paint to color the plaster. Mix well.  
    DIY Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf
  4. Spoon the plaster into the molds until full. 
    DIY Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk - The Art Lesson - Off the Shelf
  5. Let the plaster harden for 30 minutes until set. Remove the plastic wrap and peel the cardboard off the chalk. The chalk will not be fully dry, so leave it for a few hours to finish drying. 
  6. Once dry, head outside to make your own chalk drawings!

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