I thought I’d start a “new” series of posts about crafting with small people.
Let me say a few things at the outset:
– I’m in no way a child educator
– I’m actually not a naturally gifted crafter so only do things with Bebito that aren’t too much of a stress on either of us ie. they’re simple things
– I’m not at all keen on mess and have had to teach myself to let go of what happens on the journey
– I have also had to teach myself to let go of the finished product – sometimes we do a task that I want to create something at the end of it but Bebito isn’t at all keen on following something through to it’s end
– I follow his interests – ie. he LOVES to paint so we do a variety of different painting types
– I try to do a new task every week – it keeps things interesting for both of us
– I also try to do the task as part of our one-on-one time so that he has my undivided attention
I found this task on a blog (gosh knows if I can remember which one!) here is the link to the post it linked to though.
What: make your own paint using m&m’s
How: sort the m&m’s by colour – Bebito found this fun to do and we counted how many of each colour too & of COURSE we had to try a few. I used plastic cups to put the m&m’s in (mess factor = low that way) and then added just enough water to cover the m&m’s.
What I liked about it: Quick, easy, educational, not messy and a great indoors activity for when the weather isn’t right for outdoor painting. I also liked that the colours were a bit more pastel than the usual painting we do.
What he liked about it: Quickly organised – ie. he didn’t have to wait for hours to get in to the task – he’s not that patient!
Cons: the paint is a bit umm, sticky and don’t let it dry outside or umm, ants will attack. I also use paintings done by Bebito for wrapping paper and the stick factor isn’t so great for that.
I got in on the act too…you can see I’m not much of an illustrator no? 🙂
If you give this a go I’d love to know what you think!