A Rainy Day Creative Explosion

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

The weather was WILD today.

Seriously wild.

Each time I thought I’d see about making a run to the shops for groceries, before I’d even finished the thought the rain would come lashing down again.

wild weather

So I was actually really grateful that the boys asked (asked! of their own accord!) to do some making. They wanted to make clay hands to go on top of jars, like they’d just seen Mister Maker make. I couldn’t get that set up for them unfortunately as we didn’t quite have enough time, but we DID have their clay dragons to paint, plus a few other bits. So we got the paints out, the dried models, brushes and water, and started painting. I had fun. I got to paint some of my bits!

clay painting

It wasn’t long before all the bits were painted but they wanted to keep painting. So I brought out some big pieces of paper (thank goodness I’d thought to cut several pieces last time we did some painting!) and set them out. Bean’s painting has really changed over the past year. He asked to do foot painting but we can’t really do that at Grandma and Grandad’s house just before lunch!

Painting Painting By Bean, Oct 2014

Once they’d had enough of painting it was lunchtime but the creativity didn’t stop there. Bear wanted playdough, and Bean wanted to make something with eggboxes so out came the eggboxes and scissors and glue.

Eggbox crafting Eggbox Craft

Pompoms were required and the tin that holds the pompoms is full of little cut squares of coloured tissue paper – perfect for some colourful sensory craft!

Eggbox crafting Tissue Confetti

I had fun decoupaging a jar and a vase, Bean decoupaged the Turtle he’d made out of pieces of eggbox, and Bear had a tissue paper confetti explosion when he dropped a cupcake case full of tissue squares.

Eggbox crafting Diggers Required By Bean, for Bear Diggers and Tissue Explosions

Diggers were requisitioned to come and scoop up all the tissue paper which brought a whole different avenue of play to explore! All in all, a messy explosion of colourful creativity.

Tidy up time...

Thankyou, Rain.

Even the tidy up operation gave great pleasure to the boys – they found toys they thought they’d lost!


Baking Tray Printing

May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

I saw some prints being made with paint in a baking tray earlier today and thought I’d test it myself before letting the boys loose with baking trays full of paint and me not knowing how much or how little we’d need. So while Bean was colouring in (his choice, he wasn’t interested in paint!) and Bear was asleep, I had some fun!

What you’ll need:

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1 baking tray per child (or adult!) – one with a lip all around, not a flat sheet
Squeezy ready mixed paint
Thick card. Ours was quite smooth. I wouldn’t suggest using regular copy paper because it really does get loaded up with paint and as soon as you pull it off the paint, the paper/card starts curling. The card was tricky enough getting it to lay flat to dry enough to peg onto our drying line.
Stampers. I used a piece of bubblewrap, and a lego block!

Start by quirting some paint into your tray. Then place your card on top, give it a squidge and a wiggle, press down and smooth out to get the paint underneath to cover as much of the paper as you can.

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I’m re-using some of Bear’s latest paintings for this (I have my reasons, you’ll see further on down this post!) which is why that paper isn’t plain white.

Peel off and lay out to dry!

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Once you’ve done as many as you want, it’s time to get out the stampers. Bubble wrap is great fun. I pressed the bubblewrap on the wet paint to pick up colour to transfer elsewhere. I added a bit more paint to my tray and dipped the bubblewrap in there to add extra colours as well. The lego block made some good extra patterns too!

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I’ve been letting the boys paint on pieces of thick card rather than paper recently, and I love that they are just painted pieces of card. I know it won’t last, and I doubt it will be very long before Bean wants to paint “paintings” rather than just get the paper covered in colour, and I suspect Bear will be getting to the Big Messy Art age before very long. But while this lasts, I am giving myself the luxury of painting the reverse of their paintings and will eventually make my collection into a collaborative art journal celebrating this year of life with my messy boys.

Birthday card making

May 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Two birthday parties today, and two birthday cards to make – so after breakfast Bean sat down to do some drawing. He wanted to draw Superman! Of course Bear got very excited about the prospect of drawing and making a mess generally so he joined in too. Bean asked me for some pictures of Superman so I found a few on my phone for us to copy. He wanted to draw the “S” symbol  so we did a bit of dot-to-dot work for the outline of the symbol and then of the “S”. He drew Superman by himself though, and chose the colours he felt appropriate! Next up was Batman and again we found a couple of images on the internet for us to copy. More dot-to-dot work to draw the outline of the Bat symbol and then again for the bat, and Bean talked me through his drawing of Batman.

batman work in progress

Batman by Bean 4yrs 6mths

Batman by Bean
4yrs 6mths

Superman by Bean 4yrs 6mths

Superman by Bean
4yrs 6mths

Bear meanwhile was getting covered in red, orange, yellow and black paint after getting bored quickly of crayons. Using black is something I’ve not really done with Bear yet, and haven’t done with Bean for quite a while – I blame Creation Station for that, reminding me why I don’t need to be scared to use black! We used stampers and sponges but mainly hands and arms. His ear is still orange and yellow although I don’t think he actually used his ear to paint with, more like used it as an extra canvas.
Bear painting

Bear painting

I think he was actually rather happy when Bean went out to the first party by himself because he got to have some quality Mama-Bear time playing in the garden instead! AND I managed to finish the second birthday card in time for the second party. I photographed the pictures Bean had drawn because he wanted to keep them, printed out some copies and used one of the painted sheets that the boys have done at Creation Station for the background of the first card. Wish I’d had chance to photograph that card too! The second card (pictured) used one of the dancing circle puppets the boys made at Creation Station a couple of weeks ago, on the same background as the first card. I’m pretty happy with it! Bean liked them anyway so that’s a result! I love re-using the things they’ve made and painted, I love them to have uses, and not just gather dust. I’m still thinking about what to do with the clay splodge that Bean decorated last week…!

How to fit a splash of painting into life…!

May 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

We go to Creation Station on a Thursday morning, which normally means that the boys aren’t interested in any more painting for the rest of the day. However today they were both looking at the paper mache balloons which have been drying on top of the piano (we have started making some big planets) and I remembered the polystyrene balls that were in the box waiting to be painted – and Bean decided that yes he would LOVE to paint them!

Thankfully we’d had a miraculously early dinner, and had some time to spare before bedtime so we got the paints out. It’s not often Bean is interested in painting actual things, so it was an opportunity not to miss. Bear was properly happy. He could hardly wait! He has grown in confidence at Creation Station and knows where everything is now, and really looks forward to painting and getting creative and messy! (Here’s hoping that he does just as well tomorrow when I’m starting work there – he’ll have all morning to wander around and get involved as little or as much as he wants, let’s hope he copes!)


So: Bean painted his planets. At our Wednesday home-ed group they showed us how to stick the poly balls onto wooden skewers and poke the skewers into the bottom of a vegetable tray so that the balls could be painted and dry without touching anything. Genius!


While he painted his planets, Bear had a large caterpillar to paint and LOVED it.


I used masking tape to see if we could create some stripes in the painting, while helping keep the caterpillar steady on the table. Very handy that the colours we were using for the planets were good colours to start the caterpillar off with!

A happy manic half hour, and my craving to do painting with boys at home has been satisfied for now. Hopefully we’ll either get more into the swing of going to a different group every day or we’ll figure out where to pare things down soon before we all get far too tired!

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!


Painting Storytelling

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Bean wanted to do some drawing. First he wanted crayons, he wanted to draw Batman, but got very frustrated that for some reason he couldn’t draw him properly. He saw that Bear was being given paints (I don’t know why, I appear to have less issue with him tasting the paints than eating crayons….) and wanted paints too, naturally!

This is how we start… Bean tells me which colour to squirt, and roughly where….
Then he gets to work….
And very soon it’s at a state that I’d be happy to draw on! However he’s rarely finished at this point…
Here’s the story beginning to take shape. The painting is his racetrack, it’s a skating racetrack! And his fingers are the skaters. They’re having a race! They go round and round, they crash into each other and fall over, they fall off the sides of the racetrack even.
And sometimes they crash into the wall……! Ooops.
This one definitely falls into the “process” category, rather than “product” 🙂

However, the first one he did, he allowed me to stop him!
paintingstorytelling6We might do some more work together on the top of this layer once it’s dry. Glitter and white and silver paint, I’m thinking!! This one, I’m hoping will be both “process” AND “product”.

Bear, meet Paint.

February 27, 2013 § 3 Comments

Bear was fully introduced to paint today. And. He. LOVED. It!


I’m so pleased he enjoyed himself, my biggest worry was that he’d not had a nap (still no nap and it’s 5pm now…) and would simply melt down mid painting.

But they both did two paintings, investigated potato stamping, sponges and brushes, got totally covered in paint, and Bean then painted both their faces seeing as their hands and arms were already coated! Bear had already taste tested all the utensils and the paint. I figure one exposure to it every now and then is going to be fine…. same as soil from the garden really :-/








Bean still has a blue stained face even after his bath…. Sigh!!

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