In case you are feeling crafty and perhaps willing to get a tad messy, this Olivia footprint art is just for you!
Materials you will need are:
Washable Paint Colors: Red, White, Pink, Black
Lots of wet paper towels and/or wet wipes
See? Easy! Ok, now for the fun part…
Paint the bottom of a Little’s foot like so…
A pink heel, a whole bunch of red, and then black and white toes. Glob a bunch of paint on the foot because if you don’t, it will dry too quickly and you won’t get a good print on your paper. Ok, once the foot is globbed with paint, press the foot on a piece of paper, gently rocking the foot back and forth to get a good print (and I had to raise the paper under my little’s foot to get the arch). It will look something like this…
Wipe down the foot to get all that paint off! I promise you won’t want to skip this step!
Once the print is dry, you draw on the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and I added a crown just for fun!
Ack! But what if you don’t have a girl? Or what if your boy doesn’t like Olivia? Or what if your girl doesn’t like Olivia? Never fear! Olivia has a brother, Ian! Using the pink, white, and black paints from the Olivia project, you can do this…
In my defense, I took this picture after I had squished my little’s foot on the paper, but I very wholeheartedly support a lack of perfection. I’ve never met a perfect footprint Ian. Or Olivia for that matter. And while I’m at it, I’m not perfect either!
Ok, so you squish the little foot globbed with paint on the paper, draw on ears, eyes, nose, and a smile.. Ta-Da! You have an Ian!
Ack again! What if your Little doesn’t like pigs? Or Olivia? Or Ian? Never fear! Olivia has a cat, named Edwin!
The cat is easy peasy and I’ll even go so far to say a whole lot less mess is involved! Just have your little make a fist and you paint the side of the hand nearest to the little finger and press the fist onto a piece of paper.
With the tip of your paintbrush, smudge a couple of pointy ears on top of the head and I made the tail a little longer. But feel free to have a short tailed cat!
Ta-Da! A cat named Edwin! Don’t judge his eyes, we’ve already covered the perfection part!
Well, that was fun! Now what? Well, of course you could hang the masterpieces on the fridge where masterpieces belong. But you could also cut them out and attach Popsicle sticks to the back to make puppets or you could frame it with a fun Olivia Life Rule’s quote. Or you could do what my daughter did and draw a giant princess crown attached to a giant Olivia head, turn it into a mask, and promptly dress up like Olivia. Which actually has nothing to do with footprint art. Here are some dress-up options in case this happens to you.
But the best part about this entire project was hearing the giggles while I tickled a little foot with a paintbrush, being together outside enjoying the beautiful summer, and chatting about what my 4 year old daughter was going to name her daughter, which was… wait for it…Olivia! I know you didn’t even see that coming!
Have some fun with your little today! Make some artwork and enjoy each other’s company. This world and this life move too quickly, so slow down for a bit, bring it back to simplicity, and make it a sweet day!