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!