Squeeze Painting Hot Dog Craft

hot dog squeeze painting

I am not a big meat eater, but somehow my son is a huge carnivore. He has recently discovered hot dogs and I feel like it may be the end of healthy eating as I once knew it. That or I’ll go broke buying the organic nitrate free ones! Either way I explained we were taking a break from eating hot dogs but that we could make one for art time today. Here is what we did! Squeezing the paint is great for hand strength which is a building block for handwriting.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a brown paper grocery bag ( or other paper) , a brown or black marker, some glue, red and yellow paint, scissors and ketchup and mustard containers. You could use real ones but the beauty of these are that they are solid , washable and kids can’t see that there is only a tiny bit of paint in them. Since there is so little the mess will be manageable.
  2. Pour the red paint into the ketchup bottle and yellow into the mustard. I thinned it out a little.
  3. Cut off a large piece from your grocery bag, and draw a bun and a sausage.
  4. Cut them apart.
  5. Glue the sausage to the bun.
  6. Add your condiments. Ignore my impromptu strap in the picture!
  7. Let dry and cut out.

Song


I’m a little hot dog
here’s my bun
Put me on the grill
until I’m doneAdd some mustard
and ketchup
take a big bite
and gobble me up!Book

“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs” by Judi and Ron Barrett has long been a favorite. This book has a special place in my heart that also houses Corduroy and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day! This book will take you to another dimension in the way that is usually reserved for longer books or movies. In just a few pages you will dive into the land of Chewandswallow and it’s magical weather. See Chewandswallow is a place where the food falls from the sky. Instead of rain or snow they get hot dogs and a drizzle of soda, or peas and carrots! Things started going wrong in Chewandswallow though and the weather went nuts! I love asking children what food they wished fell from the sky and why after reading this book. Kids love this story and I was thrilled to see a poster for it at the movie theater, they have made a film and it will be released this fall.

Comments

  1. Trisha says

    My guy likes the idea of hot dogs more than the reality. We mostly eat Morningstar Farms veggie corn dogs (yum!). Our hot dog journey was inspired by "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" by Mo Willems, which you and your son might enjoy.

  2. Anonymous says

    i make the kids carrot dogs — not sure if this would help limit the cravings (theyre not the same but if the kids just like em for th bun/toppings – it works great! cut carrots to bun size, steam first to easy pierce w/ fork, then cook how you would hot dog (grill/etc). :)

    LOVE your projects!!!

  3. Allie says

    Ohh I need to re read that book! We didn't have time to run to the library but I will grab it next time for sure! Thanks for the rec.

    Carrot Hot-dog – genius!!

  4. Teri says

    cute! My 4 yr old class loved "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" when I read it to them this year…they loved making up new things to fall out of the sky!

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