Messy is the way to go🖌

Let’s get that creative mind of yours thinking little one and break up the monotony of a cold wintery day☔❄…

Although the weather has improved over the last couple of days☉, it’s still quite chilly to play outdoors for long hours, so we’ve managed to fit in a few art sessions every now and then.

My tips for a successful messy session:

  1. I’ve recently bought this brilliant bundle off Amazon – it includes a plastic table-cover, chunky paint brushes which are great for Emilie’s teeny weeny hands and a paint palette with 6 containers.
  2. A bib! You definitely need one! One that covers the arms and goes all the way down to her hips. Then I get her to wear a pair of trousers which we use for Nursery as they’re alway full of stains which I can never get rid of.
  3. Paint – best to start off with primary colours. I’ve bought these from Sainsbury’s – they’re washable and easy to use.
  4. Plenty of scrap paper.
  5. Don’t expect that everything will go smoothly and that your toddler is going to stay squeaky clean. Paint will end up all over their face, hair and they will even give up on paint brushes and have a go at doing hand painting 😄.
  6. Yes, that art work looks like a blob of hodgepodge , but I would display their paintings with love💛. I also write the date she made the paintings so when she’s older she can look back and say… oh this is what I did when I was only 2 years old.
One of our messy sessions.

Here’s a more ‘advanced’ art session🖌. It’s an idea I got from Pinterest. I used tape to write her name and stuck it in on canvas (you can buy this from any craft shop) and let her have an experiment with all the colours we have. One it dried out, I removed the tape and we now have it displayed in her bedroom.

I will post another blog soon if we manage to try another type of art session.

Food for thought:

  • Do you do any messy sessions with your toddler?
  • What age did you start introducing art to your little one? (We started at 8 months when she could sit up easily)

Any other easy art ideas – please share. I would love to hear from you.

Mummy Tammy x

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