I adapted this idea from a post I saw here. To make these, I cut out a simple shape from clear contact paper, and then stuck it to some watercolor paper. I gave the kids our Parent's brand paints (because they are SO vibrant, with so little effort) and let them have at it. The only thing I really wanted was for them to cover the whole page of paper. Once they finished, I peeled off the contact paper and ta-da! These beautiful paintings were the result. I love how they turned out, and they are all wrapped and under the tree now--two for their Gymboree teachers and two for Grandma and Papa. The kids really enjoyed this activity too. It's been too long since I've gotten out the paints, and they loved seeing the surprise white background when they were finished and I peeled the contact paper off. The site where I got it from actually printed a poem on the white part, which I considered, but I think they look pretty this way too, so why mess with a good thing??
Don't you love how they turned out?