Painting Fun – a rainy day activity

I have Mondays off from work and those are my “Mommy Days”. I wish this meant I slept in until 10, sipped hot coffee in my pjs and then spent the afternoon lounging at the spa. But who am I kidding, this is real life. I take Hazel to daycare, some may think this is selfish considering she’s already there the rest of the week, but this gives me a day to catch up. I usually run an errand or two right after dropping her off, I come home and tackle that mountain of laundry that’s staring me down. I do a few other household chores, spend some time blogging and most importantly try and prepare a nice meal for when my husband comes home. During the week I don’t have much energy to cook after work so it’s always nice when you actually feel like cooking.

This past Monday Hazel woke up a little cranky and showing signs of becoming the Booger Queen so I opted to keep her home. I figured it’s better to tackle the germs right away and I know if she stays home she will nap for at least 2 hours. At daycare she only seems to nap for about an hour. Nothing wrong with that but we all know sleep is the best medicine. Putting aside my usual Monday tasks we spent the day cuddling on the couch, catching up on Sesame Street, playing with Izzy and we painted. I love to do arts and crafts and now that Hazel is able to grasp some simple crafting concepts its lots of fun to introduce things to her. She of course is also being introduced to these things at daycare, which makes it even more fun when we do them at home too. A few weeks ago I put a large sheet down in the garage, stripped her down and we went to town with the paints, painting a giant sheet of paper to turn into wrapping paper for some gifts. She had a blast and was completely covered in paints within the first 5 minutes. Today however I opted to bring the paint inside. A little risky with a 16 month old but we managed and we also managed to keep the paint contained! Hallelujah! I placed her at our eating bar, and set her up with some paints and let her go to town. It was all fun and games until we decided to try and taste test the paints! Oh my! Thank goodness for water based, non-toxic paints! Here’s a look at what we created and all the messy fun that went into it!

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We started out with a blank 8×10 canvas. We then drew a heart with glue, we had to let it sit until the glue dried and then we started to paint over top.

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I placed 3 shades of pink and some gold on a paper plate for her and let her go to town.

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Of course we “sampled” the paint, at this point it was time for a nap while I cleaned up. And there’s our finished project sitting on her dresser 🙂

Have you tried painting with your toddler yet? If so what have you painted and do you have anything you suggest we try?

Xo. Andria

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