I’m not the greatest advocate for arts and crafts. It’s the one subject (besides sport) that I would happily pass to a specialist teacher. I love the idea of it, and I love the finished product hanging proudly up across the classroom, but it’s the in between that I find painfully stressful. Especially when, for some mad reason, every time I do painting with kids, I end up ruining carpet or being painted on!
So I wasn’t altogether convinced that I should attempt paint with the Smush, especially in a rental property that has white carpet. (Stupid, hey?)
But, YOLO! And I know Smushy loves all the activities we do, so I figured anything with actual paint would be a hit. Discovering ‘clean’ painting sealed the deal. So armed with the beginner Crayola paint, paper and a plastic sleeve we bravely embarked on our journey of toddler arts and crafts.
- Dob paint onto paper and gently slide into plastic sleeve or ziplock bag. Seal and then tape down onto surface.
- Once the painting is finished, gently slide it out of the sleeve or bag and hang to dry.
Needless to say It was a massive success and Smushy loved it. As did I!
- Easy to prepare and clean up.
- Requires very little materials.
- Mess is contained and the activity can be done inside or out.
- Sensory Play- lots of opportunity for new textures.
- Great for talking about colours, texture and shapes!
- Lost of opportunities for talking about what the child has created.
- Children are somewhat limited in their creativity due to the paper being contained in the sleeve. This is a first step into the world of art and something you would move on from.
- Can be tricky to slide the painting out of the sleeve/zip lock bag without smearing their artwork.
Hanging Addison’s first artwork on the fridge was one of those cheesy, fuzzy parenting moments. Bless.