April 17, 2013 § 2 Comments
Homemade chalk paint is so easy to make: it’s just cornflour, water, and food colouring. I put a large tablespoon of cornflour into a cup, added a big dollop of food colouring, and water to make it into a paint. I made blue, yellow, red and green.
Another pic-heavy post 🙂 Enjoy!
When Bean was out at preschool and Bear was desperate to go play in the garden I brought the paints out with us to see if he would be interested. He was, kind of… but being outside was too much of a distraction and he wanted to play 🙂
So, since I still had all this paint made up, we took it outside again today with both the boys. They LOVED it. Bean enjoyed spilling his on the ground, painting the floor and the boat and the shed wall, stomping in the puddles it made, and splashing. Bear enjoyed spilling it on the ground, splashing in the big puddles, and especially painting the shed wall with the Bean!
April 16, 2013 § 1 Comment
We’ve come a long way since this. A huuugely long way!! Last time the Bear did big painting at home he discovered the joy of painting. Since then we have been along to The Creation Station to join in with some Big Art and he enjoyed it so much that I was inspired to let him loose with the paints again at home.
Prepare for a lot of photographs 🙂
Bean was busy watching a DVD but Bear had spied the paints already and was itching to play with them. While I was occupied getting paper he couldn’t wait any longer and introduced a banana to the paint tubes – lovely!! Our first “job” was to add some potato stamp starfish to the ocean art we created at the Creation Station, although really we could have done with the Bean around at this point to help show Bear what to do.
That said, once the ocean was put out of reach to dry, and a fresh sheet of paper was taped down and the Bean decided that he couldn’t NOT do any painting (it’s like a magnet, he loves paint!) and they were both stripped to the waist, Bear decided that the absolute best thing to paint was….. yes, Bean.
Ooodles of fun.
Oh did I mention that I forgot to run them a bath before we started painting? You’d think I would know better by now, really. In our house, there is a very very long way between the kitchen where we were painting, and the bathroom. Lots and lots and lots of stuff, and two very painted children, is not a mix I was keen to investigate so we made do with a couple of laundry buckets to clean them up in afterwards! Which inevitably led to a great excuse to mop the kitchen floor….
April 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
April 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
I made some olbas scented purple sensory rice the other week when we all had colds, thinking it would be a nice calm activity for us.
Honestly I didn’t dare get it out, knowing my two’s love of spreading this everywhere!
Today, the sun shone so I took it outside. That was a Good Plan! The Bear was interested in it for a while, preferring hands to pick it up with rather than the scoop, but enjoyed tranferring it between a few of the different containers.
Then I found a digger and a baking tray (which lives in the garden for some reason) and he had a go at scooping with the digger. (Still preferred his fists!)
This was too much for the Bean who wanted a go too! He’d been digging in the digging patch, making soil castles.
He played happily, scattering the rice everywhere, and then learnt how to use the dustpan and brush when he realised that keeping the rice on the sheet meant he could play longer.
I’m thinking I need a sand tray or something for the rice playtime, something they can sit in, and I can line it with a sheet to collect all the rice up with afterwards…!
Good fun though, and even more so because they were outdoors getting fresh air as well. Do your children play with sensory rice? What kind of things do you get up to?