3 aluminum cans
DecoArt no-prep metal paint (3 colors)
Dishwashing glove (optional)
Colored rubber bands
3 metal-rimmed tags
2 small binder clips
Paint 3 empty aluminum cans with no-prep metal paint; set aside to dry. (Make it clean and easy by wearing a dishwashing glove to hold the can while your child paints.)
Stretch colored rubber bands around the body of each can. Crisscross them for a more abstract look, or follow the can's grooves to create evenly spaced stripes.
Let your child write d-a-d, one letter per tag. Loop a rubber band through the hole and wrap it around the can. Use binder clips to hold the cans together.
Originally published in the June 2009 issue of Parents magazine.