Chalk painting

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.

Homemade chalk paint: cornflour, water, food colouring. That's it! Add more or less colour depending how vibrant you want it.

Homemade chalk paint: cornflour, water, food colouring. That’s it! Add more or less colour depending how vibrant you want it.

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 🙂

I had to line them up on the climbing frame to stop the Bear from running off with them!

I had to line the pots up on the climbing frame to stop the Bear from running off with them!

Bear's shadow...

Bear’s shadow…

Abandoned painting. Being outdoors is a lot more than painting!

Abandoned painting. Being outdoors is a lot more than painting!

The distraction :)

The distraction 🙂

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!

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Painting the floor (this was the idea)

Painting the floor (this was the idea)

Painting the boat (not the idea, but inevitable really)

Painting the boat (not the idea, but inevitable really)

Splashing through the paint puddles

Splashing through the paint puddles

It's all gone! We tipped it out and splashed in it already!

It’s all gone! We tipped it out and splashed in it already!

Carrying more paint out to the shed

Carrying more paint out to the shed

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Sharing nicely!

Sharing nicely!

Painting the shed together

Painting the shed together

Painting the shed. Very enjoyable!

Very enjoyable!

Taste testing. Yuck!

Taste testing. Yuck!

"I'm going to paint the dry bits, mum"

“I’m going to paint the dry bits, mum”

Tipping and spilling and making a big puddle on the floor. Thankfully the paint splatters brushed off their shoes (and off my boots) once it had dried, being cornflour!

Tipping and spilling and making a big puddle on the floor. Thankfully the paint splatters brushed off their shoes (and off my boots) once it had dried, being cornflour!

All finished. Hey we can play with the cups!

All finished. Hey we can play with the cups!

The aftermath.

The aftermath. OODLES of fun!

 

Bear, meet Paint. (pt 2)

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.

Big Messy Painting

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….

Enjoy 🙂

Bear, meet Paint.

Bear, meet Paint

Finding a more interesting canvas than the one on the floor.

Finding a more interesting canvas than the one on the floor

Showing his brother how to do this Messy Art thing.

Showing his brother how to do this Messy Art thing

Gathering paint...

Gathering paint…

Applying paint!

Applying paint!

Bear decided Bean was the best thing to paint.

Bear decided Bean was the best thing to paint.

He got pretty painted himself...

He got pretty painted himself…

I LOVE Bean's painted hands.

I LOVE Bean’s painted hands.

Bear's happy place.

Bear’s happy place

Bear's ideal canvas.

Bear’s ideal canvas

Necessity being the mother of invention - laundry bucket post-painting baths!

Necessity being the mother of invention – laundry bucket post-painting baths!

Grace

April 6, 2013 § 1 Comment

GraceLoved it so much, I had to draw my own ❤ The background is one of Bean’s, from last spring possibly – it’s been taped to our back door since then! Thought it could do with rescuing really 😉

Olbas Sensory Outdoors Rice

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.
Purple Green Sensory Rice
Bear and the Purple Rice
Bear and the Purple Rice
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!)
Bear and the Purple Rice
This was too much for the Bean who wanted a go too! He’d been digging in the digging patch, making soil castles.
Bean and Bear and the Purple Green Rice
Bean and the Tractor and the Rice
Bean making a happy Purple Rice mess
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.
Bean and the Dustpan and Brush
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?

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