Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Paint rolling

Connecting Families through Creative Play: Painting Connections

As I have mentioned before, Elijah is not really the artsy type, at least so far.  I must admit that I haven't really done a whole lot to change that.  He would rather drum, or read, or build, or dig, so I usually just go with those.  However, in his valiant attempts to let me sleep in on Mother's Day, my dear husband pulled out the paints, and since then, Elijah has been bitten by the painting bug.

His favorite thing to do is take four or so colors of paint, mix them all up with a brush until they are a nice brown color, and then absolutely soak his paper in the lovely new shade.  It seems to be an enjoyable sensory experience for him, but I'm not going to lie, it's not that fun for me.

So, when I got the CFtCP email on the subject of painting, I decided that it was time to take things in a new direction.  One that might be enjoyable for both mother and son.  I poked around on Pinterest and considered some options.  Then, when Isabel went down for her morning nap today, we went to work. 

For me, this activity had the right mix of creativity and structure.  I participated, too, but Elijah added his own flair, as usual.  We rolled the vehicles across the paper for awhile, and then Elijah tried to use the bus's face as a stamp, which only sort of worked, but he didn't seem to mind.  I thought he might enjoy washing the trucks when we were finished, but by then he was back to the music.  We had such fun, I might even try something else in the painting activities department soon.  Suggestions?

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