New Year’s Eve Paper Towel Surprise Art

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New Year’s Eve Paper Towel Surprise Art is a fun and simple to create fine motor art activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Light the new year using water!

New Year's Eve Paper Towel Surprise Art

How to Create New Year’s Eve Paper Towel Surprise Art

Grab two sheets of paper towel. Keep them attached if you can. On the bottom sheet draw the year in block letters using black permanent marker.

Lay the second blank sheet of paper towel on top of your year and colour the outline of the year on the top sheet using a washable markers.

This is the tricky part. As you colour the year you will need to see the outline of the numbers that you drew on the bottom. An easy way to do this is to put your two sheets of paper towel up to a window so that you can see the year on the bottom. Colour in the numbers on the top sheet.

Place your paper towel drawing with the permanent marker side up on a baking sheet or large dinner plate.

Decorating the New Year

Fill a spills proof dish with water and hand your child a paint brush.

Invite them to paint the water onto the year and to watch the colour come through!

Age Suitability for New Year’s Eve Paper Towel Surprise Art

This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 18 months old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 

Easy.

Skills Developed

Language development, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies for New Year’s Eve Paper Towel Surprise Art

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  • Paper towel
  • Black Permanent Mark
  • Washable Markers
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Paint brush
  • Dinner Plate or baking sheet

Books, TV Show & Play Kits!

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Engage your child in hours of play with my colorful collection of over 60 sensory bin activities, recipes and play projects that aid with memory formation, language development, problem-solving skills and more. Perfect for toddlers from eighteen months to three years old and beyond, each bin makes use of materials you already have at home and helps reignite your kids’ interest in toys long forgotten.

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

With setup instructions, details on how to guide your child through each activity, suggestions for what to talk about with your child as they play and other useful tips, Mandisa gives you all the information you need for creative sensory activities your kids are bound to love.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

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Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.

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