The children love to get messy and are made up when I suggest we get the paints out, through gritted teeth, I can almost predict the onslaught of how messy it will be.
So we tend to take the paints outdoors with a bucket of water to hand to dunk them in once finished as it NEVER just goes on the paper!
Today, I thought I’d let baby Jude have a free reign to get involved and he loved it.
I laid some paper on the decking and secured it with sticky tape. I laid out some trays of paint, paint brushes and some pom poms held with clothes pegs to experiment with.
Then I just let them crack on whilst watching from the sidelines.
It wasn’t long before we had a collection of outdoor toys, cars and dinosaurs joining in the fun.
It was a great opportunity for Jude to practice his fine motor skills.
And when they’d just about painted everything, including themselves and me, I popped them in a tub of bubble bath-filled warm water to scrub off.
All in all, it was only an hour’s worth of fun outside in the fresh air and the end result was a couple of squeaky-clean kids and a mess that got washed away with the hose.