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Happy Monday Mamas! Today, I’ve got a great activity for you to try with your littles that will use up some of those wine corks you may have sitting in a bowl somewhere. Wine cork painting! My wine cork collector is a glass vase that is overflowing with pre-pregnancy memories of deliciousness. The problem is that all those corks are just sitting there collecting dust and waiting for a great project like this to come along. This project was super easy to set up and the clean up was even simpler!
When Sophie paints with a paint brush, we end up with mixed paint colors and every color ends up brown, just a mess. This activity uses your extra wine or champagne corks as the ‘paint brush’, one for each color, so you don’t get mixed paint colors. Plus, the wine corks are great for building fine motor skills. You can also talk with your kiddo about what they are tracing or what color they are using.
To set up for wine cork painting, you will need the following:
- Wine corks (Champagne corks work even better for little fingers)
- Non-toxic paints – We use these
- Bowls for paint
These Alex Jr. tots finger paints are fantastic for toddlers. All 6 colors are very vibrant but they are still non-toxic and little spills are super easy to clean up. I didn’t even bother laying anything down on the table because the small spills came up with a wet paper towel, no scrubbing! This set is perfect for your toddlers first paint set.
To make this activity more educational, I wrote a big letter ‘S’ for Sophia to trace with the paint and we talked about how her first name starts with an ‘S’. I also drew shapes out on another piece of paper for her to trace with the paint and we talked about what shape she was tracing and what color she was using.
Sophie was very focused while working on her letter ‘S’ and very proud of her work!
Like I said before, clean up for super easy. I just tossed the corks in the trash and washed the paint out of the tubberware in the sink. Any paint that was on the table came up with a wet paper towel.