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I can remember literally following my oldest around with wipes everywhere he went and wiping him down at the slightest sign of a dirt spec. I was one of those nervous Moms who thought they would just fall over from a simple grass stain or applesauce spill. HA!
Then… I had Baby K #2 and a whole new attitude came with that bundle of joy! At this point it was all about surviving parenthood and keeping the kiddos happy. And you know what? They were happier when I wasn’t constantly tackling them down to clean those dimples! When I just let them be, to create messy memories, I swear they were at their happiest moments!
So this week we decided to create some artwork for the newly renovated basement playroom! I wanted the kids to really be able to get creative and make memories within the mess. I encouraged them to dig into the paint and just have fun with it! My son, who I followed like paparazzi with wipes, was a little nervous at first. However, once we got started they both really had a great time! I wanted to share this activity with you here are my 5 Ways to Make Painting Fun -For Kids!
5 Ways to Make Painting Fun – For Kids!
- Let THEM choose the colors they use! By giving them some control of making the initial decisions I think they get more excited about the project. That being said, I of course gave some ideas. For example, “Remember how we have YELLOW pillows in that room?” or “Remember how nice the new blue walls look?” HA! You may still end up with some conflicting color schemes, but all in all… It’ll be worth it. Sometimes you have to pick your battles!
- Use different painting “tools”. I let the kids decide what to use based on shapes and textures. They picked out some really unique items (plastic donuts?), but I was actually surprised how each piece really contributed to the painting! I especially loved how the tire tracks turned out! Don’t be afraid to let them push the boundaries of what is normal.
- Don’t give too much advice! Let them create their own paintings. If that means that they scramble all the colors together and make a horrific brown color, then so be it! If they only want to paint 1/4 of the canvas, who cares? Why not?! Let them use their imaginations to create something of their own. Remember.. you’re not just making artwork, but also a memory! Keep it simple.. and FUN!
- Encourage them to get messy! Kids will be kids, and it’s inevitable to get some stains or messes along the way. But 5 years from now when you ask them about, “the time you made those paintings”, I’m sure they’ll remember how much fun it was getting messy and creative!
- Show pride in the result! Hang those babies up! It may not look like a Picasso or a Monet, but who cares? Every time they walk past that painting, they are going to remember how much fun that afternoon was. They are going to smile with a well deserved feeling of self-satisfaction! We can build our kids up by reminding them of something they are proud of.
I must say I was really excited about how their paintings turned out! They really put time and effort in them and I couldn’t be more proud! I certainly know that they may look like a squashed praying mantis, but it was the smiles on their faces that made everything worth it! Who cares about the mess? Messes can mostly likely be cleaned and forgotten about. It’s the memory of having a great time, getting messy and using our imaginations is something that will last forever.
One of the great things about parenthood is that companies have really invented some amazing products to help our jobs as parents. We can clean a mess from a memory pretty easily now days, and the best part is… they keep improving their products!
For example, after this painting adventure the kids had quite a few paint marks on their clothes!
But, with All® Fresh Clean Essentials™ Fresh Scent I was able to clean those out with just ONE WASH! This is a new product that you can find on Amazon.com, and is really a great product for families. This new product actually has had the sulfates removed from the solution, which makes me feel safer when using it for my family. When I tried it on these clothes I was amazed at how, after following the instructions on how to get deep stains out (located on the back of the bottle), the detergent was actually able to get all the paint out without fading the color of the fabrics!
Thanks for stopping by y’all! I’m so exciting about our new artwork, and the kids have already asked to make more paintings!
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