Lewis has been very into all things art recently. I’ve been feeling the creative itch as well, and since we are holed up inside hiding from the cold winter weather it is the perfect time to get out the art supplies and do some projects together!
Last week I got out some sidewalk chalk and some crayons, both of which were “failed” art materials when he was younger. The chalk was met with great interest and we had a lot of fun coloring on both white and black paper with it. The crayons, apparently, are still best used to chew on and possibly to pick at with fingernails, so they have been put back away to be tried again at a later time. We’ve also had some fun with stickers, although he doesn’t really ‘get’ sticking them onto paper yet. Mostly they are fun for peeling off the sticker sheet and losing them all over the apartment to be found stuck to everyone’s socks later on.
This morning we seemed to have a long stretch of time with no plans for keeping busy so I decided it was a good opportunity to get out the paints.
I like to let him explore the paint in whatever way he wants, so I usually make a couple of brushes/tools available but then leave him to choose whether to use them or his hands. Today I wanted to give him a new way to explore the paints so instead of a normal brush I just gave him a few cotton balls and a few round cotton pads.
He seemed to have fun smudging the cotton balls/pads around on the page and seeing how the colors were spread around and blended together.
This activity didn’t last as long as I expected because he kept trying to taste the paint on his fingers so I told him we needed to be done.
He made up for it later at lunch time by turning his smoothie into a beautiful purple painting on his highchair tray.