a chalk board (I’m more comfortable being in the backyard than the front on the driveway. To see how I made my chalkboards, go here)
a squirt bottle (don’t use one that has had chemicals in it before. I found one in the dollar section at Target)
a piece of chalk or two
a paint brush (I used a spongy one)
a couple toys with different textures or shapes (a bumpy ball, a car to make tracks, a small cup… you get the idea)
bare feet (something I didn’t think of til his socks got wet…)
have fun painting with water and chalk. You can control how much water goes on the chalkboard by just spraying a little on at a time. We were outside for about an hour doing this! In between Eli getting up and running in circles, of course :) He is, after all, a little boy!
As a side note, I’ve started trying to reinforce confidence in Eli by saying things like “you are an artist!” instead of always saying “you are so good at art!” Or… “you are a musician!” instead of just saying “you are so good at music!” I never want my kids to wonder if they are “good enough”, or to have some imaginary standard of what is “good enough”. We do art, we are artists. It is not about the product – it is always about the process! And I must admit, I do this to remind myself, too… because I am always forgetting…
Definitely… make it yourself.
a little bit of flour
a little bit of water (just enough to make a paste)
a couple drops of food coloring
Definitely… let them paint in just a diaper… or a bathing suit… or something.
Definitely… do this on a tile flour… or outside… or in the tub!?
Definitely… use more paper than I did.
Definitely do NOT… leave stray finger paint on the floor for an extended period of time. Unless you want to get on your hands and knees and scrape and scrub your kitchen floor… (mine needed it anyway, what with how many flying pickles and blueberries were staining the floor already)
Definitely… join in!
Definitely… just let them paint on their bellies (I’ll be the first to admit that I painted on his belly first :) hehe)
Definitely… enjoy the mess. Encourage the mess. Art is messy! I am slowly becoming convinced that having children is designed to make mamas like myself learn that the house doesn’t really have to be that clean.
Eli and I have been playing with oil and water and food coloring lately. We filled a cup with water, poured a small layer of oil on top, and dripped food coloring in to watch “fireworks” appear in the water. We made bathtub paints (be warned, these make the bath water look kinda gross after you play! Especially if your toddler dumps the paints into the water).
Today I filled a baggie about 1/5 of the way with water, poured a couple tablespoons of oil in, and then a few drops of blue food coloring. Oh, and then I put the first baggie into a second one, because I was, afterall, going to hand this to my sometimes destructive 1-year-old. The result? A sparkly blue liquid that is fun to shake and squish around.
I’m thinking I could sprinkle some sequins in, maybe different shapes, and play I Spy? Or maybe find some tiny sea creatures to put inside to make an ocean?
For now, it’s fun to find shapes in the water (the water is what turns blue, the oil stays separate and clear)… like this one. Doesn’t it look like a bear sitting up? (Turn your head or your computer to see it on its feet I guess).
I think the “head” on this one looks like the pink panther’s head.
Am I crazy?
Almost as fun as looking for shapes in the clouds. :)