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This bold, graphic card is so easy, even the youngest toddlers can pitch in.
1 sheet of construction paper
5-inch square of cardboard
1/4 cup water-based paint (silver, gold, or another holiday color)
1. Fold the construction paper in half lengthwise. Trim 1 inch along the shorter edge and set aside.
2. On the cardboard, draw a simple 2-inch shape, such as a star, tree, or candy cane. Carefully cut out the shape to create your stencil.
3. Protect work surface with newspapers. Wet the toothbrush and dip it into the paint. Show your child how to run his fingertip along the bristles to splatter the paint. Practice a few times on scrap paper first. Then place the stencil on top of the folded card and let your child carefully splatter the paint over the cutout in the stencil. Remove the stencil; let the paint dry for about 30 minutes. Repeat as many times as you like.