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We Skipped Our Project and Painted

I like projects.

Grace likes projects, too.

my little painter

She likes when I give her instructions; she likes to press-press the pieces down.

Predictable. Structured. Comfortable.

Grace learns valuable skills like cutting with scissors, color schemes, shapes, and has a lot of fun doing it.

But Grace doesn't do anything creative. She follows the directions and makes a great finished product.

my little artist inspects

That's not all there is to art.

But I'm not so good at art. Crafts, yes. Art, not so much.

I intended to do a project with Grace last week. It was to become a flowery tree with pink blossoms made from fingerprints.

my little artist

It doesn't look anything like a flowery tree with pink blossoms, does it?

It turned out that Grace had other plans. She wanted to make art, though she didn't say as much.

I wasn't delighted about it, but I gave Grace some plain old construction paper, and I filled the biggest well in her paint palette with 1/3 water and 2/3 Crayola washable paint.

my artists

She drew with her finger. She splashed. She smacked. She splattered. She learned.

She did art.

We laughed and laughed, Gracie and I.

i painted my nose

I really, really wanted to say something when she painted her nose blue. I refrained.

It was fun and creative, even especially since it wasn't predictable or structured.

My painting! Grace squealed.

When she ran out of one color, she asked for another, and she kept painting. At some point, Joe showed up with some markers, and they colored and painted together.

beautiful artists

my artists smiling

Do they look happy or what?

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23 thoughts on “We Skipped Our Project and Painted”

  1. FUN! I am so much more a go-buck-wild-with-the-art-supplies girl at heart and therefore, mom, than a step-by-step-art-project-person, so I can appreciate how much chaotic fun this probably was for your girl!! I stumbled here through SITS. I'm glad I did 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness. I laughed and laughed when I read your comment. 🙂 Going buck wild with the art supplies scares me. I don't like to clean up big messes for one thing.

    We should do it more often.

  3. Yes, they really do look happy. I need to remember how much joy children get when they are able to fully explore and let loose. I sometimes have a hard time letting them do whatever they want (ie–get dirty!!)

  4. Cute pictures! I love the blue nose. Painting is such a wonderful creative outlet and a great sensory activity for little ones. But My 4 yo wouldn't have stopped with a blue nose. She would have been covered in it! She loves painting a little too much! LOL

  5. Ohhhhh how I LOVE this post! Love the subject, love the message, love the pictures, love the writing. Seriously, post perfection!

  6. LOL, sometimes the best laid plans…..

    my little guy is not quite two, but VERY interested in scissors… i think I need to get him a safety pair, so that he can at least learn how they work!!

  7. Adorable post, your little girl is a doll! Yes, she looks like she was having fun. I LOVE the pictures on your cabinets, how creative is that! My son gets so excited over his doodles which I have no idea what on earth they are. But, the excitement he shows brings a smile to my face.

  8. Absolutely! Grace has been interested in scissors for a little while. I got her a pair of blunt tipped children's scissors, and we cut stuff now and then. She's not really got the fine motor skills for doing it well, but we do it anyway.

  9. This is the essence of allowing childhood….I am so proud for you and for her and for him….what a delightfully wonderful gift you have given each other….allowing….playtime….creative trials…and laughter…a wonderful combination! xoxo

  10. The best art is a tactile, raw and natural experience — that's my philosophy anyway 🙂

    I admire you for giving her reign to have a joyful experience.

  11. Adorable post, your little girl is a doll! Yes, she looks like she was having fun. I LOVE the pictures on your cabinets, how creative is that! My son gets so excited over his doodles which I have no idea what on earth they are. But, the excitement he shows brings a smile to my face.

  12. Absolutely! Grace has been interested in scissors for a little while. I got her a pair of blunt tipped children's scissors, and we cut stuff now and then. She's not really got the fine motor skills for doing it well, but we do it anyway.

  13. This is the essence of allowing childhood….I am so proud for you and for her and for him….what a delightfully wonderful gift you have given each other….allowing….playtime….creative trials…and laughter…a wonderful combination! xoxo

  14. The best art is a tactile, raw and natural experience — that's my philosophy anyway 🙂

    I admire you for giving her reign to have a joyful experience.

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