Here's an artsy cure for a cold winter day, when you've
been cooped up indoors for far too long: Line your kitchen floor
with the Sunday newspaper, grab some colorful paints, thick and
thin paintbrushes, dress your kids in their messiness-allowed gear
and let them paint their own masterpieces on canvas.
has a good selection of
- we chose the 10x12 size - and if you use the 40% of
coupon (usually there is one per week in the ad found in the Sunday
Trib) you can snag one for about $3. Joann also carries
colorful water-based acrylic paints for $1 each. For a palette, I
used an old mini-muffin pan.
Pupa, at age 15
months, adores "drawing" and "coloring" - she already drew
quite a number on her highchair - so I knew she'd love
painting. I set her up on the kitchen floor with all her artsy gear
and she squealed with delight when I squirted the different paint
colors into the muffin tin palette. She even said a new word:
(blue). She created her masterpiece entirely on
her own and it's now hanging in our dining room - it's actually
quite lovely! Every time she spots it, she points to it, smiles and
babbles. Look at the way she holds the brush in the photo - my
little Mary Cassat
Fratellone loves art projects too, and he made a colorful
painting as well. Last week he and I also enjoyed making
together - you'll find them hanging on
the iron fence in front of our home. Fratellone liked this project
so much so that he asked to make more winter sun catchers when his
cousin came over, and they spent quite awhile experimenting with
food coloring. Certainly there isn't much sun to catch in Chicago
these days, but the sun catchers have added a bit of color to our
home with no worries of them melting away any time too soon.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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