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 more creative 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 at 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 🙂
But he loves it and we have some amazing art to show for it:
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? Grab my badge and on Wednesday 26th February I will be hosting a new linky to see how you have got on!
Wow, loads of creativity! I’ve yet to get Little Man covered in paint, though Boo adores it. Maybe this month I’ll give it a try and report back at the end of Feb! Glad to have inspired you to join in 🙂
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! 🙂 You should definitely give the painting a try, I bet he will love it 🙂 xx
That looks like so much fun! Am sure grown-ups would like to have a go as well 🙂
Ha ha now there’s a good idea! 🙂
We are loving these and we think Monkey has done a fab job. Thanks for linking up to #minicreations
Thanks! 🙂 xx
That looks like just the sort of mess Potato gets into. Once you relax and just let them get on with it, it’s a lot of fun really 🙂 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 🙂
Great pictures! I love that sort of artwork 🙂 x
Thank you, its great isn’t it!? Xx
the mess is sooooo worth all the fun they have….looks like he’s loving painting 🙂 #letkidsbekids
It really us, even though it still sends my heart racing! Live seeing him enjoying himself and being so creative 🙂
Looks like loads of fun, despite the mess!
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids
It was thanks and thanks for hosting! 🙂 Xx
Great fun! Even the mess 🙂 I love that you’ve got some hand prints in there x #LetKidsBeKids
Yup 🙂 haha yeah that took a bit of ‘persuasion’ from mummy but thought it had to be done with all that paint over his hands! 🙂
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 🙂 ooh sounds fun, glad you had such a good day 🙂 xx
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