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It's time to let the inner Picasso out! Arts and crafts projects don't have to be limited to a pad of paper or a piece of pottery. When your lil one's artistic genius is calling, put them to work on a canvas they can really showcase around town — a t-shirt.

At an event held by The Children's Place last week, I was reminded just how much fun it can be to give a preschooler some puffy paint, glitter, and decorations to embellish a shirt. While companies like Ralph Lauren sell kits ($50) to create a wearable masterpiece, the process can easily be re-created at home for a fraction of the price. To see what you need for this project,

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  • Buy a plain, inexpensive t-shirt in your child's favorite color, such as these for $3.50.
  • Provide an assortment of painting tools, such as fabric paint tubes for writing and drawing, puff paints for creating a three-dimensional effect on the shirts, and fabric markers for coloring in areas.
  • Depending on the age of the kids involved, provide googly eyes and plastic shapes that can be pressed into the puff paints for some added interest on the shirt.
  • Let the kids have at the shirts and then leave them to dry for at least 24 hours.
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