Beach Tablecloth

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Updated on Nov 13, 2012

Preparing your table for a big beach party or a sudsy seafood feast? Have your artsy child help set the mood by creating a colorful tablecloth alive with sea horses, fish and more!

What You Need:

  • Tablecloth
  • Foam sheets or sponges
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paper plates
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Have your child layer newspaper over his workspace.
  2. Help him use a black marker to draw sea-inspired shapes directly on the foam sheets. Encourage him to really stretch his imagination! He doesn't just have to stick to underwater animals -- stringy kelp and bouncy bubbles also make fantastic shapes to use.
  3. Let him use scissors to cut out all of the foam shapes.
  4. Have him set up his painting station by placing a number of paper plates on the newspaper covered workspace.
  5. Help your child pour different colors of paint onto each paper plate.
  6. Show him how to press one of the foam shapes into the paint before "stamping" it down on the tablecloth.
  7. Have him cover the entire tablecloth with these bright, beach-themed stamps.
  8. If the tablecloth is for a specific event, consider helping your child paint a special message in the middle of the fun undersea animals and plants!