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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Watercolor Number Cards

When my sons were little and just learning their colors, we would often paint with only one  color on wet paper, often called the wet-on-wet technique, which allowed the color to range from strong and bold to soft and light all in one  stroke. After many, many of such paintings, we found ourselves with a lot of pretty paper.  It became too much of a good thing, so I set out to think of other uses for the colorful paper. I found several ways to reuse the paper and one of our favorites is making number cards.
I cut up the watercolor papers into 3" x 4" then wrote 3 inch tall numbers on each card.  Next came the challenging part; using my very limited artistic skills, I drew plant, birds, stars, etc. to correspond to the number.  Soy & beeswax crayons, like the ones pictured from A Toy Garden, are bold enough to stand out on the watercolor paper.  In the end I also did a sign for each of the four processes (+ - x  ÷ ), = and an extra #1.

Little Shane likes to count the objects on the card to make sure they match the number, while Aidan practices his math facts with the cards.  We can also use them as story prompts for Aidan who is learning creative narration. For example: On a clear sunny day (card #1) I went walking in a forest (#3) and saw birds hopping all around (#8).  When I went to investigate...




  1. These are adorable! What a great idea.

  2. This is a wonderful way to re-use that paper (aka works of art...) I would love to invite you to link up at our Share It Saturday linky party. We have lots of creative ideas submitted each week and you would fit right in! http://www.sugaraunts.com/2013/03/share-it-saturday-9-and-our-week-in.html

    Hope to see you there!

    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

  3. I love this idea. I think it would appeal to my DS(7) who is reluctant to try most of the art projects I do with DD(9). Thank you for sharing :-) Lucinda (visiting via Hobbies & Handicrafts)

  4. The cards are beautiful...... Worlds above plain number flash cards.:) I love that you reused the wet-on-wet paintings too. That way the kids feel that they helped in the creation.

  5. I think this is wonderful! Thank you for linking up this week to the Hearts at Home Blog Hop!

  6. These are darling! Thanks for sharing at Share It Saturday this week! I am pinning this :)

    1. Came back to tell you that I am featuring your post this week! :)

  7. I'm featuring this tomorrow at Hobbies and Handicrafts. Thanks for linking up last week.

  8. What a wonderful idea!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

  9. I really like your blog and you have shared the whole concept really well. And Very beautifully soulful read, thanks for sharing.

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