Here's part of the invitation for our upcoming Children's Day party. Koi nobori (carp streamer/kite), happily flying in the breeze. Max helped to make these by sponge-painting the blue/white background, and helping with the block printing.
I love koi nobori, what's not to love about kites? I'm planning one, maybe two koi-themed crafts for the party. Off to work on those next.
If you'd like to send a happy koi card to someone for Children's day, a few extra are here.
Update: I had to add a footnote to this post, after reading Alison's post about her son Max who loves to paint himself. As my Max would say, "the entire self of him". Mine is completely against things touching him, be they paint, glue, dough, etc. For many art projects, he spends much of the time picking dried glue off his fingers. Apparently paint involved in sponge painting is different. It's ok if this kind of paint touches his fingers. Max helped with the sponge painting of the light blue backgrounds of these cards. The paint gets all into the sponge and then seeps out and touches your fingers. His response: "that's ok if it gets on my fingers." Good. And we had fun. And I think he's a wonderful sponge painter!