Creative Challenge – January – Painting

After seeing some wonderfully creative things mummies do with their little ones who are Monkey’s age or thereabouts, I sometimes feel I don’t give him enough of an opportunity to explore his creative side. I think I’m still a bit stuck in the ‘oh but he’s too young for that’ frame of mind, when I shouldn’t be.

We’ve been drawing with crayons, chalks and bathy crayons for ages – mainly because they are so easy to tidy up. But things like paint and glue give me the shivers at the thought of all the mess. But I need to get past this because if I can, then we should have a lot of fun together and it will of course help him learn and develop.

So I have decided to explore new things with him, and to do this I need to be a bit moreΒ creativeΒ with our activities. So I am challenging myself to be more creative with him as part of my new Creative Challenge series.

I am also going to link this up with the lovely ‘Mini Creations‘ Link Up hosted by Grace and Lucas atΒ Kid GL loves. I have been reading and getting ideas from this link up for a while but not posted anything, because, well, scribbles are only so interesting. Then the very clever Jocelyn at The Reading Residence came up with the idea of doing her little ones’ mini creations on a Monthly basis and I immediately realised what a genius idea this was (thank you Jocelyn!).

So here it is, Month 1 in this new Creative Challenge series, and this month, Monkey has been doing a lot painting.


Painting with a brush, and his fingers.


It sometimes gives me heart palpitations when I look at his black paint covered hands…especially when he starts to move said hands towards the white woodwork! aaaah πŸ™‚

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But he loves it and we have some amazing art to show for it:


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Want to be more creative with your little one? Is it time to get over your fears of messy play? Why not join the Creative Challenge?Β Grab my badge and onΒ Wednesday 26th FebruaryΒ I will be hosting a new linky to see how you have got on!

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19 thoughts on “Creative Challenge – January – Painting

    • Ever since writing this post this morning I have been thinking about maybe turning it into a Linky – to see if anyone else fancies challenging themselves to be a bit more creative, so hold that thought and stay tuned! πŸ™‚ You should definitely give the painting a try, I bet he will love it πŸ™‚ xx

    • Ha ha I know you’re right… and I do enjoy it, it’s just when he decides he’s had enough and it’s action stations to get those hands clean before he touches anything – sets my heart racing slightly! haha it’s worth it though so am trying to make myself do it more πŸ™‚

    • It really us, even though it still sends my heart racing! Live seeing him enjoying himself and being so creative πŸ™‚

    • Yup πŸ™‚ haha yeah that took a bit of ‘persuasion’ from mummy but thought it had to be done with all that paint over his hands! πŸ™‚

  1. It looks like your little monkey really enjoyed his painting session. I feel like you about messy play, but whenever we do it, the children love it so much it makes all the mess so worth it! We made play dough today, and we had the best day! Mel #LetKidsBeKids

    • He really does love it so it’s definitely worth all the heart palpitations πŸ™‚ ooh sounds fun, glad you had such a good day πŸ™‚ xx

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