Having all three kids at home has put a bit of a cramp on my arts and crafts style; I assumed Little H was too young to do anything but eat the paint or stuff crayons up her nose, and the big kids are way more interested in playing outside than sitting quietly at the kitchen table. But after a few rainy days I knew that the kids were tired of doing the same old thing, and I decided to risk getting Little H involved in the name of creativity. So I pulled out an old standby–painting with Q-tips!
I shouldn’t have worried about Little H, although she did give the paint a taste or two. She was psyched to be included in the fun!
The big kids were happy to have some quiet play; they even asked me to trace a design in pencil so they could express the picture they had in mind. Jax got frustrated quickly because the Q-tips were taking too long to fill in his Tranformers symbol, so he switched to a regular paintbrush, but Em thought a spotted elephant was just the way to go.
My littlest Picasso made her first-ever painting (and you’ve got to love her little toes on the table!). Sometimes a little work to prepare a craft is worth every contemplative and creative moment thereafter.