We love a good bit of messy play in this house, and so we are linking up to share our messy play photos in memory of little Matilda Mae. x
Where our messy play began
homemade baby safe finger paints
yoghurt painty fun
scooping and pouring with cornflakes
digging in the veg plots
Why not click on the link badge at the top of this post to meet some other people who linked up and see what they are doing that’s very messy and playful.
All children are artists, and it is an indictment of our culture that so many of them lose their creativity, their unfettered imaginations, as they grow older.
~ Madeleine L’engle~
It has taken a good few months to get to this point. Any time I have set out paper and drawing implements before and demonstrated their use, I have been met with a daughter who takes the crayons and markers and either throws them on the floor or tries to eat them. Today, I brought all the stuff out again expecting the same reaction, but it was as if today it all clicked. I just left them out and Miss E picked them up and started mark making on the paper. She really loved watching the colour appear on the paper. I think her first picasso is also pretty good and it now takes pride of place on the fridge door 🙂
Miss E is unfortunately not feeling quite herself as she awaits the arrival of top front tooth number two, so she was happier to sit and observe me doing the printing. She, did however, have an input in one heart print, so I have cut it out and have started making a card for her to give to her daddy on Valentine’s day. I know he will love and appreciate it much more than a store bought one 🙂
Our plan this afternoon is to do some potato prints. I loved doing this when I was little. All you need to do is cut a potato in half, mark on whatever shape you would like to print, and carefully cut around it so the bit you want to print with stands out. The potatoes then need to be dried off with some kitchen paper or a cloth so they will soak up the paint. As you can see from my bowl, my husband enjoyed creating the potato stamps just a little too much 😉 I’ve also got a tablecloth to put down to get clean up simple. This could go very well, and if it does I shall pass on some artwork to grandparents. If it doesn’t……………………..well we will still have had fun in the process 😀
I have seen countless blogs of parents whose children as young as 7 months old are happily doodling away with crayons on paper. My daughter is not one of those!! She is still very much in a stage of “I’m gonna chew it and if it doesn’t taste good I’m gonna throw it”. We even got her some crayola beginners crayons, but that didn’t help. It always results in me chasing round after crayons as they roll away on the floor, telling her not to eat them, and the page ends up being filled with my doodles as I try to show her what the crayons are actually for. Still, I wanted to get some creative colour work in with her even at this stage, and I wanted to make it multi sensory. I have read of people making their own safe paints for babies who are still at the stage of tasting and also of people who use things like chocolate mousse. So we were inspired and used a big pot of natural yoghurt which cost me 50p and various colours of natural food dye. I poured the yoghurt into 6 of the sections on my muffin tray as I only had 6 colours to mix into the yoghurt. Popped some dye in each one and gave the sections a stir. I placed a big bath towel on the floor with two big sheets of construction paper (sugar paper) on top. I then set the tray with the yoghurt on this with utensils like spoons and a whisk and let my daughter loose. She enjoyed mixing the colours and we talked about the different colours and about how they were mixing (well more me as she can’t say any coherent words yet!), and of course she loved eating the yoghurt! She dipped her big spoon in repeatedly to get some more……..the blue seemed to be here favourite to eat! Here are a few snapshots of our time.
Invitation To Play
a very good first masterpiece 😉