Martha’s easy lolly painting

Today we have a guest post from Clara Vulliamy, author of the much loved Martha and i heart holidaysthe Bunny Brothers books. We are huge fans of Clara She has a brand new book out TODAY! called  I Heart Holidays. We have 5 copies to giveaway. Clara shares a lovely craft to keep those little ones busy during the holidays.


It’s publication day for I Heart Holidays – YIPPEE! Lollies all round to celebrate.


Here is happy simple project for bunnies of all ages…


All you need for this activity is some paints in lolly colours, a piece of thick paper, cotton wool balls and a black felt pen. Make sure the paint is nice and watery.


Dip a cotton wool ball into one colour and paint a stripe…



then before the first colour has dried use a fresh ball for a new flavour…


and a few more times.


When it’s completely dry you can draw on your lolly shape.
And that’s it! No cutting out, unless you want to of course, it’s a perfect picture just as it is.


Try a few other shapes and flavours too.


(I wonder why people say ‘watching paint dry’ to mean totally tedious?
I find it utterly fascinating!)


There’s something else going on here, too.
This is proper watercolour technique, disguised as a simple activity for tots.
 Art isn’t all about control, sometimes it’s about letting go and seeing what happens.
It isn’t all about neat colouring in, either – we have computers for that, humans are made for better things.
My favourite lolly was the most ‘wrong’ of all, which made it so right.



i heart holidaysWe have 5 copies of Clara’s gorgeous new book ‘I Heart Holidays’ to giveaway. To enter simply leave a comment below and from all comments received by midnight on 31st July we will pick 5 lucky winners. Usual Netmums terms and conditions apply.

Find more gorgeous craft ideas and more bunnies over on Clara’s blog

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60 Responses to Martha’s easy lolly painting

  1. Ellie Candy says:

    Great idea. I will be trying this with my girls.

  2. Dannielle Starkie says:

    Lovely activity idea!

  3. Anamaria says:

    My daughter, she will enjoy this book:)

  4. Barbara says:

    this is the best looking ice cream we’ve ever seen! can’t wait to do this with my boys this weekend.

  5. Heidi says:

    Those lollies look good enough to eat!!

  6. Kerri says:

    My little boy is really getting into his books and this would be a lovely book to add to his growing collection

  7. Maureen Heath says:

    Could def do with this book as with 3 year old twins and a 6 year old it’s difficult to get out every day lol 🙂

  8. Louise says:

    Definitely doing this with the girls. Good avtivity for indoors and outdoors. Yay x

  9. Diane says:

    What a lovely book!

  10. Natalia Redfern says:

    Wonderful idea for a summary craft activity.

  11. Stacey lockyer says:

    What a simple but lovely craft idea!

  12. Oooh – making me thirsty in this lovely heat! Fab activity!

  13. kathleen garland says:

    Such a simple idea but so effective and easy, brill x

  14. Sarah Laws says:

    Definitely going to do this activity with my LO. 🙂

  15. Jodie says:

    Beautiful, can’t wait to give it a try. What is the best sort of paint to use?

  16. Chestnut says:

    Love these could even use edible paint so the smallest of children can join in

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  18. Catherine Jackson says:

    I’m off to the freezer to find a nice lolly now! x

  19. serina hill says:

    This would be cool to do with tissue paper n stick bk plastic n put on window 🙂

  20. I shall be doing this with my kids x

  21. Laura Childe says:

    What a good idea 😊

  22. tiggy brown says:

    love this and I’m going to share on my local mums facebook group page too – thanks for this, my 2 boys will love this painting idea and it will have then asking for an ice lolly at the end of it I’m sure! x

  23. Annette Sexton says:

    My girls love crafts & will really enjoy making these ice lollies. Time to get messy.

  24. Andrea Beard says:

    Looks a great book. Full of ideas to give parents/carers inspiration for the forthcoming6 week holiday! I need this!

  25. Stacie Gray says:

    My two little boys & I will be making these in the garden today. Great idea. My two boys would very much enjoy the book x

  26. katiebellamy says:

    I’d love to win the book so that I can read it to my baby bump and to baby when it’s born 😀

  27. Lucy says:

    I love how this craft is suitable just for toddlers! I was never a best crafter, and I’m glad it’s been shown that you don’t need to draw straight lines and keep within the lines! And it looks great! My daughter 18 months absolutely loves to draw and colour and paint! I can imagine spending a long afternoon together trying out all of the crafts from this book :-)) xx

  28. Teri child says:

    My little boy and his cousin will love doing this at the weekend….lots of bright colours to keep them entertained! Nice simple idea to expand their imagination and a good starting point to explore other topics too! Book sounds like it would be a great addition to any child’s library!

  29. katiebellamy says:

    I’d love to add this book to my baby’s library and read it to baby when it arrives. I also have a 7 yr old step daughter who’d love it.

  30. Kathryn says:

    What a brilliant simple but effective craft, love to see the other ideas.

  31. Jen says:

    Love this, i am going to share this with other mums at the local parent led stay and play session. The book would be amazing, a lot of our funding has been cut so a lot of our groups are now parent led and its hard to constantly think of new things to do. x

  32. Sarah Bracewell says:

    What a lovely simple idea, My two girls think this is great and love painting!

  33. Tracey says:

    What a lovely idea, especially with the holidays fast approaching!!

  34. Amy says:

    This looks like a great book 🙂 you can never have too many ideas on what to do with children and anything that gets them involved a a little bit messy at the same time is always a big hit 🙂

  35. Victoria says:

    Lovely lollies

  36. Wow, that’s exactly what I need for my two boys!! New inspiring, fresh art idea’s. Seems like all the equipment needed is cheap and cheerful too!! Looks fab-A-do-zee!!!!

  37. Steph says:

    Lovely idea and the book looks great!!

  38. Hilary says:

    Brilliant idea,can’t wait to try it out with my 2 grandchildren staying with us soon. I’m looking for craft activities for rainy days.Book looks good too.

  39. Jenny Smailes says:

    I could just do with this book for the hols and one if the lollies!

  40. Sarah says:

    Great idea! They look lovely

  41. Veronica says:

    Happiness is crafting lollies;)

  42. Amanda White says:

    Brill idea, all my three love lollies at any time of the year! x

  43. Maria walsh says:

    Look good enough to eat. Looking forward to trying them

  44. Donna says:

    Love it, adding it to the list for the holidays.

  45. Amanda Mallows says:

    My little lady and I will definitely give the lolly pops a try – would love a copy of the book to give us even more fab ideas!

  46. always need new craft ideas now the summer hold are here, tnks

  47. Kayleigh Parker says:

    So simple but brill, plus its things you have lying around the house so doesnt cost much. My 3 boys take a lot of entertaining so something like this book would be handy

  48. Lisa Hilton says:

    Great activity to do, especially over the summer x

  49. Kim Rabbage says:

    This looks fantastic, I have a LG who is some times unable to move about due to a condition but having these craft ideas will help me keep her entertained.

  50. Vikki Bond says:

    Fab ideas i have 3 kids and am an infant school TA so these would look fab in the display boards.


    Fantastic idea, will be trying this with my two little ones, I think they will love it.

  52. Clarabelle says:

    I am a Lone~Mum of two children whom I have been blessed to watch blossom in confidence over the 5years that I have home~educated them ,using creative child~centred natural parenting techniques after persistent and self~esteem~dashing bullying at School. This appears to be a wonderfully simple but entertaining & inspiring technique which my ‘sketch~happy’ daughter & three travelling companions will be thrilled to experiment with ‘al fresco’ during a hot summer camping trip! If duplicate shapes were painted onto transparent tissue paper & suspended with siver thread from card, one could make a lovely mobile which would be illuminated when the sun catches the colours!

  53. Monica Gilbert says:

    I haven’t tried painting much with my nearly 2 year old. This is a great idea to try to introduce her to the concept.

  54. Sofia wright says:

    Great activity idea!keeping a toddler busy!lovely book as well!

  55. kamali says:

    I love it. Nice bright colours. It’s so easy for the children to do yet, it looks fantastic. I have a 3 yr old daughter. I always hold tea parties for children & post pictures on my Facebook. I will definitely try this idea. I am sure I will get lots of ‘like’ for the picture 🙂

  56. jenny says:

    I love this series, would love to win!

  57. sharon dickson says:

    This looks great. My 2 year old loves painting, sticking, drawing, cutting and crafting.

  58. amanda hayes says:

    This book looks great fun. My son is really into painting right now and it would be a great mum/son bonding activity with mum probably getting covered in paint!:)

  59. lindsey bluff says:

    This looks amazing, I want to make lollies!!

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