Tuesday, 14 September 2010
How to entertain two toddlers? Paint, paint and more paint!
It took 30 minutes, two newspapers, a lot of sticky tape and three aprons before I would allow my two girls (4yrs and 2yrs) anywhere near the large piece of paper that ended up being our 'underwater scene'! The paper is made up of six sheets of smaller paper stuck together. Newspaper protection was stuck across our kitchen floor and up the units to catch splashes. The paper went on top (stuck down). We then spent the morning simply covering that paper with paint. It's roughly 2 metres square!
It took two further craft sessions for us to draw the fishes and mermaids on coloured paper, cut them out, and stick on the tissue paper, cotton wool balls etc to decorate. Cheeky Monkey No.1 drew the red fish herself. The rest of the drawing she had help with. Cheeky Monkey No. 2 sat stiller than I've ever seen her sit, simply staring at us painting, and occasionally dipping her fingers in a green paintpot. Talk about well behaved!
I saw this done on Supernanny a couple of years ago, and it worked just as well for us as it did for them.
We did this months ago now, but I thought I'd share it before I take it down off the wall. It's time for something new. Watch this space!
Messy, but fun..... Let the painting begin!