- marshmallows (various sizes / shapes)
- washable paint
As you'll see in the picture, I picked up these neat little paint trays for $1 at ACMoore which have worked out great. I put a bunch of different washable paints in the tray spots and then gave my daughter a hand full of marshmallows. We had Easter flower shaped ones and the mini-ones on hand, so that's what we used.
After popping a few in her mouth, she started to use the marshmallows as stampers. This quickly turned into more of a 'smearing' technique which you see behind her arm and eventually lead to her entire hands being covered in paint and making hand prints (we've done too many hand print crafts that she absolutely has to do hand prints whenever there is paint around). We used tons of paper and pretty much everything turned brown since she also enjoyed dipping each marshmallow in every color before using it to paint! I love that she just goes and runs with these activities to think of new ideas and make her own art out of them.
Here are a few pictures of some of her end result creations; the first one is what the one above ended up turning into. What I find cute is that there are some smashed pieces of marshmallows stuck on some of the pieces of paper! :) She enjoyed squishing the paint soaked marshmallows too, so good extra sensory learning!!