I love children’s drawings. Abby has really impressed me recently with some of her artwork. Kenzie also is making her first attempts at creating pictures that look like something. I am saving some of these creations in our art binder, but I’ve wanted to find other ways to showcase them. As I was standing in line at the grocery store I saw a magazine that caught my eye and began flipping through it. That’s where I came across this idea – turn children’s artwork into cards. Adorable!
* Colored Stock Paper
* Double Stick Tape or Double Stick Foam Tape
* Printer with scanning or photocopying abilities
The first part of the activity was having the girls draw. I gave each one of them a black pen and had them draw whatever pictures they wanted. Abby drew a bunch of fruit. I asked her to draw a table and a moon shape (bowl) to complete an idea I had once I saw her fruit. She drew the cat and some other animals on her own. She also drew a sun. I asked her to draw some flowers and a house. Once they were done, I waited until they were asleep to work on the rest. I scanned all the pictures and pulled them up in Publisher. I re-sized some and grouped them according to the color paper I wanted them to print out onto. I then printed them and began cutting around the images. With some double stick tape, we were able to stick them down in the configuration we wanted. I added some torn paper grass and a some hand-drawn stems for the flowers and a little bow. My husband typed out the words to stick down. I love the results and Abby is so excited to give them to people. I worked the cards without Kenzie (while she was napping) because she is still young and has images that wouldn’t quite work in this format. I didn’t want her to feel bad that we weren’t adding her work to the creations. She had fun coloring though.