Creating (Im)perfectly Together

Play and Learning
Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With Kids This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how they make messes and masterpieces with children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. This summer the boys, Bella and I sat down and made a huge list of all the things we wanted to do together. We had just moved to a new home in a new country and with no friends close by we thought this would be a great way to fill our time.  What I didn’t know is that it would also end up being a great excercise…
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Rockin’ and Rollin’ Paint – Part 2

Play and Learning
We had such a good time painting with balls and ramps - we decided to try another ball and paint experiment - this time painting a canvas inside a crate. Using most of  the same start materials from part 1, paint, balls, plastic containers for dipping - we added a painters canvas and a plastic crate to the mix.             Next we dipped balls into the paint and then dropped them into the crate. The boys then took turns moving the crate about to make the balls roll around create different paint colors, patterns and textures. Lastly the boys decided to squeeze paint directly into the box and have the balls roll around on it.  The result was a cool looking canvas (ok i'm biased…
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Paint Party

Play and Learning
We love to paint, especially with finger-paint. Usually I just purchase ready to use non toxic children finger paints, although occasionally we make our own, then line the table with plastic covering or old newspapers and paint away.  Variations on "sit at the table and paint" are always fun and so here are some ways we think are fun to finger paint: Bathtub Paint party: I find it especially interesting for children 18 months to 21/2 years  to paint with finger-paint in the bath tub. My children find it funny and different and they have so much space to explore the paint and clean up is a breeze.  I like to tape several sheets of paper around the bathtub and let the children paint. When painting time is over we…
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