The northern hemisphere gave us a mild winter this year, which made school runs all the more bearable. Juggling two children between school, naps and extra activities ment I spend most of my life in the car. As my hushand calls it, my second home, and bigger handbag. Yes, I really do spend that many hours driving around, which I can say is not doing my environment any good. So you can imagine how excited I got as the summer approached, knowing that I would get at little break form a least one run of the day.
Well summer is here, and 1 week into the school holidays, reality has began to set in. Yes, I no longer have to do the daily drives and pick ups while trying to coordinate mr 10mths nap and gentle transfer into his car seat hoping he stays asleep for the quick drive to school and back. No, that is no longer something I have to worry about. What I have now is school holidays. Hours that need to be filled with entertainment, projects and lots of talk for the next 3 months before school starts again.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my children and I enjoy spending time with them, but as a work from home, stay home mum, with a no TV policy for young minds, this means keeping two little ones busy from 7am-7pm, with very little time to get any of my work done. So It’s been a week which has felt like a month, we have relaxed, free ranged, de stressed from the routine of regular school, and now we are ready to conquer the summer. To keep you busy this week, you can have a go at the paint project. We love to paint. This is fantastic for ages 9 months – adult! Make sure that you stay next to your infants and toddlers as non toxic does not meant its ok to eat. And we know how much they like to eat EVERYTHING! this project was designed to keep both my children busy at the same time, but also help them work on their hand eye coordination, and concentration.
Soo here are the list of things we used
- non toxic paints ( red, yellow, blue, white) is all you will need as you can make secondary colours from them
- non toxic fabric paint
- paint brushers
- rolls of paper
- Plain tee from goodwill
- Old news paper
- paint rollers
- bowl of warm soapy water
- old rag tea towel
For 9months and up
- start by placing old news paper on table. Dinning tables are good as you can set infants in high chair to work.
- Mix paint for additional colours, you can put paint in the cups of egg carton ( a tip I learnt form the Wilson family) or place them in plastic paint cups, or compostable paper plates.
- cut a large amount of paper from roll. Tape paper to news paper
- Secure infant in high chair close to table and let them go wild
For 4 yrs and up
- on same table at least an arm reach and half away from any other arms, mix fabric paint. Place on paper plate
- Place folded news paper inside T shirt
- place roller in white paint first, roll excess paint off on news paper and roll over tee shirt. Continue the same steps till you have cover the area you wish to paint
- Next wash roller in warm soapy water and dry with rag cloth.
- Next choose another colour till you have completed your art.
- Place aside to dry.
- once paint is dried, tee is ready to wear.
- Wash like normal.
Have fun with it and tag me in your FB and Instgram pics of your end results!