My First Painting

My mom, aka “Nana,” came to visit this weekend, which was a very good thing.  It was a very good thing because the adults actually outnumbered the toddlers in the house for a change, which was a much appreciated deviation from my daily “zone” defense strategy.

So, even with Daddy off working on our basement finishing project, we were still able to take advantage of an extra set of hands to do a little art project, while utilizing some much needed man-to-man coverage.

We found kid-friendly painting trays at the craft store, which proved to be a great way to (help) contain the mess.

And we decided on a few sponges as first paint brushes for fumbly little fingers.  With a few paper plate “artists’ palettes” and some water-based toddler paint, we were ready to begin.

Nana led the way with a quick demo, channeling her artistic abilities.  Nana was an art major in college, so I love that we did our first official painting with the artist herself.

Big Brother quickly got busy on a nice abstract, or perhaps, more modern piece.

And Little Brother jumped right in with a bit of pointillism – perhaps a future Seurat in the making? 😉

In the end, we were pretty proud of our little masterpieces.  Oh, and the paintings were great, too.

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  1. So fun! I love fun things like this. Ben and penny are getting close to being ready.

  2. So sweet! I love the materials you used – perfect for a little person :)

    Following from the Mommy-Brain Mixer.

  3. masterpieces!

  4. Great idea on how to contain the mess. Hailey I were at the store a couple days ago and bought finger paints. Your newest follower from the Mom Mingle.
    Anissa from Chasing Hailey

  5. Oh that’s such a good idea!! Love it!
    Visiting you from the Mommy Brain Mixer. I am now a follower. Do visit my blog when you have the time!

  6. This is so sweet to have this documented!I love the little trays. Your photos capture this experience so well! Now following you via the hop, please check my blog out if you have the chance! All the best, Monica

  7. What a great station set up

    Thanks for linking up with the Mommy Brain Mixer

  8. Wow! What a great activity, and so very organised. I loved the idea of using the trays. Anything that eliminates a bit of mess is good I say! And they certainly are masterpieces – boys and painting! Thanks for following me, I look forward to following you also.

  9. This is so sweet. You always capture the best pictures :)

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