Okay, so there are tons of moms (like here, here and here) out there that relish in craft time with their kids. It is something I wish that I wanted to do and often feel guilty about. I honestly just don't do well with the mess. I desire to foster creativity in the girls which means I have to give up a bit of control. As much as I love Crayola for their Color Wonder products, I know that experience with REAL paint can't be matched.So we went to the craft store today and I let the girls each pick a paint. I also grabbed some foam brushes and a two pack of 16 x 20 pre-stretched canvases.
We went out in the backyard and painted away. Lucy takes a more liberal approach and covered the canvas in seconds.
Halley is focused and trying her best not to get paint on herself. She could spend hours covering the canvas perfectly.
While the paint was wet I wiped off their hands and feet and put them on the canvas. Their clean, dry hands take off just a bit of the wet paint leaving a simple, perfect outline of their hand and footprints. I found the idea here and am so glad that I actually decided to do it, instead of just bookmarking it. A few minutes in the tub and they were sparkling clean and proud of what they created. I need to do this more often.