Cotton bud painting with G: Chinese New Year card

Last week, I received a letter from G’s school stating that they would be holding a chinese new year contest. To take part, the child would simply have to make a card with his parent and submit it by Monday. I thought it would be fun to create a card with G, but did not have time the past few days as I was busy at work.

Today, I finally found time to sit down with G to do his card. Deciding between a cut and paste project (which would be less messy for me) and a painting project (much more fun for G), I settled for the latter. We would paint plum blossoms 🙂 Plum blossoms are popular during the chinese new year, as the five petals symbolise the five blessings(五福). However, instead of using a conventional paint brush, I decided to use cotton buds, which would be simple for G to handle, and easier for cleanup (just throw!).

I tied five cotton buds together, figuring that it would be easy for G to dip and print:

Cotton bud flower

Cotton bud flower

G didn’t need much prompting, and was soon happily painting away. Alternating between his right and left hand, he soon filled the page with pink prints.

Printing in pink

Printing in pink

Getting more paint

Getting more paint

In the end, he decided that finger painting was more his style, and ditched the cotton buds.

Fingers are best

Fingers are best

Mummy had to do some touchup after G had completed his part. This is the completed card for submission tomorrow:

Completed card!

Completed card!

Wish us luck! 🙂

Do you make your own greeting cards too?

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13 thoughts on “Cotton bud painting with G: Chinese New Year card

  1. Valerie

    That’s a great idea! Isn’t it funny how kids rarely do crafts the way we had intended? But that’s what make them so cute! 😉

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Thanks! Yes, G loved it, especially when he started the finger painting. I’m sure Aly would enjoy it too, just make sure that there are wipes on hand for damage control, lol.

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  2. graceofmae

    What a great alternative to normal cotton bud painting! I agree with other posting regarding activities going in different directions. C starts of daintily keeping colours separate etc but eventually it ends in body painting! I’ve cleaned much blue paint out of a belly button!

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