For Mother’s Day this year, I decided to have my little guy spend some time painting pictures for his grandma’s. I wanted to use items I already had, so I went with the flour and water paste approach. Can you believe that I have regular bleached white flour in my house? Thankfully I’m not so allergic to gluten that I can’t touch it (I know people that are!), so I can still make things for The Hubs out of regular flour. And now for my little guy to play with! :)
Although we did manage to get some finished pieces of art, his main interest was in crumpling the paper up. I tried putting his hand in the paint for him, as well as dripped some paint out of the glass bowls onto the paper. He loved to watch the dripping! And then he would reach out to touch where the paint had dripped, so I guess you could say I tricked him into painting ;)
All in all, we had a very fun time, followed by a nice long bath. And we have a very memorable and special keepsake for his grand-moms :)
Baby Play: Safe Painting Fun!
Recipe/supplies: food coloring, flour and water mixed into a paste, dishes for holding the paint, thick white cardstock for painting, and some sort of drop cloth (I used brown paper left over from our recent move).
Baby’s reaction: he was really enthralled by the setup. He liked the brown paper he was sitting on a lot. He especially giggly when I would put his hand in the bowl of paint for him.
Warnings: it’s messy (hopefully this is obvious ;)), but not that hard to clean up after either.
Overall: fun! And we were left with something meaningful and special for his grandma’s on Mother’s Day :)
What do you think? Have you ever done safe painting with your kids? What did you do? :)