In an attempt to shake up our normal play routine, I thought I'd see if Nate enjoyed finger paints. The activity book I have, The Toddler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy has quite a few paint recipes and I happened to have all of the ingredients for one. In general I really like this book, but the directions were a little vague (cook on low and stir until mixture is thick) for this particular recipe. It took like an hour to get thick. Okay, not really an hour, but way too long. Yeah, this little experiment didn't work out so well. But I learned some things. Here are some tips:
Don't wait until your toddler is Oscar the Grouch before shoving him into a high chair and starting the process
Don't promise that it's almost done
Don't promise that it will be really fun and he'll love it
Don't give it to him before it's done cooking, because it will be too hot, resemble watercolors, cause him to cry because you suck so much and make faces like this:
Take two. In a desperate impulse buy one rainy day, I picked up some ready made Crayola Washable Fingerpaints to try. Oh the joys of not doing it yourself - in an easy tube, promises of washability, bright colors, horrible toxic smell (but that's okay, it's not like he's going to IMMEDIATELY STICK HIS FINGER INTO THE PAINT AND THEN INTO HIS MOUTH BEFORE YOU CAN TELL HIM TO STOP!!!). Sigh.
Oh, but that's okay, because look how much he loves the finger paints:
Yeah, full meltdown ensued after the taking of this picture. "Mess. Mess. MESS!" Turns out he is just not a fan of dirty hands. Hmmm, I wonder how Easter egg dyeing will play out...
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