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January 21, 2012

Mama Loves...Watercolors!

Since long before our girls were born, I dreamed of hours spent coloring with my children...doing arts and crafts...cutting and pasting and hole-punching.

I bought the girls their first crayons when they were about 15 months old, but they didn't really show much interest for the first few months. By the time the girls were around 21 months old, though, they loved to scribble and use stickers.

And then I got brave and introduced finger paints to them. They loved those, too...but Mommy had to really psyche herself up for the inherent MESS.

The girls were generally good about following directions...only putting their hands on the paper (and not their heads)...but -- even using washable paint -- it still took some fervent scrubbing to clean the girls' hands. And, of course while we scrubbed Baby A's hands, Baby B was asked to sit nice and tall and straight with her paint-covered hands. ((deep breaths...toes crossed...pleeeease let her be patient!))

A couple of months ago, I bought some watercolors for the girls.

I think we've found a new favorite medium!

I have been really impressed how the girls hold the brush so nicely, and I think 99.5% of the paint has stayed on the paper.

Once I figured out to give the girls each a small bowl of water (it only takes a tiny bit) in a heavy ramekin -- as opposed to a paper bowl -- we haven't had any spills.

And...I think the watercolors meld together to make some really pretty creations, too...


...and Baby B's self-proclaimed "rainbows" can't help but make me smile!


I'm linking up with sweet Julia at Pontifications of a Twin Mom for Mama Loves again today. Thanks, Julia, for sharing what you and other mamas are loving!

6 comments:

Charlene said...

We love water colors too :)

Amanda said...

OOh, watercolors! I don't know why I didn't think to try that yet with my girls. We have been too busy painting with the gloopy messy stuff but Thanks for giving me a great idea! The rainbow picture is beautiful BTW!

Barbara Manatee said...

You're getting so brave!! how fun!

Johanna said...

You inspired me today! :) It is cold today, so I busted out the watercolors. They loved it... and turned out 10 masterpieces. I even made a pretty good one myself!

Julia said...

I need to get brave and try this with my girls. All your sentiments of hoping, praying, toes crossed that they can wait while you attend to one---ha! I totally get all of that--well described :)

I know my girls would just love this!! Great idea---heavy ramekins, rather that tippy, light-weight bowls.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

LOVE the rainbows! They are so good at watercoloring (yes, I just made that word up).

It's not really that bad when you get started. I use their drinking cups (old ones) for their brushes. I've recently been giving some thought to tabletop easels...more for Hailey, but I know Matt will want one too.

 
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