Toy Bench Collaboration with Kids

I recently got to collaborate with 20 kids to create this toy bench for a school auction. I painted designs on the bench with black outline, then they got to paint on it like a big coloring book. The kids were 3-6 years old, so I did a little touching up at the end, but they really did a great job!


  1. Brittany
    March 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Love this!

  2. Marie
    March 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    So fantastic! It makes me happy. :)

  3. singlemama
    March 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    simply wonderful!!!!

  4. Les p'tites bricoles de BiBi
    March 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm
  5. Jess
    March 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    This is amazing! Those kids did a great job!

  6. Louise
    March 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    This is so cute ^_^

  7. I Live in an Antbed
    March 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Charming! So whimsical. Love it! :)

  8. Patricia
    March 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Color explosion! Awesome :)

  9. Anna
    March 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    wow, it's beautiful! they did a great job as did you. :)

  10. r8chel
    April 1, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Wow - it's so fun and cheerful!

  11. Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose
    April 1, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Well sone kiddos and Joel!

  12. Irēna
    April 1, 2011 at 5:26 am

    A beautiful job!

  13. Marisol
    April 1, 2011 at 7:33 am
  14. Graciela
    April 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

    it's great to get kids involved in a way that makes them feel proud in the end. excellent way to shere your many talents!

  15. marisa
    April 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    so sweet - i bet every kid will want it, because of the fun memory of working on it with their friends. great idea!

  16. Áurea López
    April 2, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I am ultra fan of your blog. I love cleaning that you transmit to the time to show your work, your beautiful children. Inspiration filled my head and the head of other parents who I recommend your blog.
    I love everything you do and you have it updated, thank you very much!!.
    Sorry for the confusion, but I translate with google and had seen a herror unforgivable.

  17. Joel Henriques
    April 2, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Thanks everybody! Yeah, it was really fun working on this with all of the kids. They were really excited!

    Áurea López - Thanks! Very kind of you! I'm happy you found my blog!

  18. Irka
    April 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    You're great. Good work!!!

  19. MdMery
    April 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I really love your blog, thank you for your great job!!!!

  20. hopeyt
    April 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I am sure you were able to raise some good money at the auction with this piece - it is awesome!

  21. elissa @ faucethead
    April 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    what a great idea and project for the kids. hope the auction was a success!

  22. small + friendly
    April 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    It's beautiful!!!

  23. Emma
    April 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Joel, Inspired by you I started some more paper activity for my son - please pop by and see it if you can. What an inspiration your blog is!

  24. Kristina
    April 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Love it! I also love that there is a dip in the front so the kids can't pinch their fingers. Brilliant!

  25. New kitchen cabinets
    April 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Truly amazing creativity...!!! Just loved the work here...!!! And the color combination is so refreshing...!!!

    God Bless...!!!

  26. Joel Henriques
    April 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks everyone! Yes, the auction was a huge success!!!

  27. Nutella Nutterson
    April 19, 2011 at 5:05 am

    What sorts of paints did you use on the bench? Did you seal it when done?

    I love the intensity of colors and the bold, graphic style you and the kids created!

  28. Joel Henriques
    April 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Nutella - Some of the paints were just tempera, then I also used non-toxic Acrylic paints by A2 Chroma (which are brighter color, and better quality. You can find more info for those if you click on the "favorite tools" image on the side of this blog.) Then I used a non-toxic Crystal Urethane by Timber Pro Coatings to seal it and protect all of the paint. It's really great stuff!

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