I have been noticing all kinds of fun Autumn crafts online (mostly in blogs I read) this season, but there are few of them that I have felt Brianna is old enough to enjoy or "get". However, when I found this craft here, I knew Brianna would love it (plus, it's SO cute!)
The first thing I did to prepare for this activity was to download an image of a leafless tree from Google Images. I pasted the image into a word document, sized it how I wanted it, then typed Brianna's name and the year in the document in my favorite font. I then printed two copies on cardstock (in case one somehow got ruined). I also pulled several different colors of ink from my scrapbooking stash, and we were ready to go. It maybe took 15 minutes to prepare . . . my kind of craft!
I let Brianna choose which color she wanted to start with, and she chose the red. Then, I helped her put her finger on the ink and "stamp" onto the paper. She thought this was great!
Also, I kept a few baby wipes handy to wipe off her fingers when we changed colors. The ink did leave her fingers a bit stained, but it did not come off on anything else (like clothing, upholstery, etc).