Get The Kids Painting
Today I'd like to share a simple creative activity for the children to do as long as you're not too house-proud... let them paint stuff!
It all started about 3 years ago during one of the school holidays when T and N were looking for something a bit different to do. Hubby had just put a gate up at the side of our house to keep the dog out so we gave them some old t-shirts, paint brushes and some paint and let them go to work painting the gate. I remember them giggling as they were getting lots of paint on themselves and they couldn't quite believe that they were actually allowed to paint an actual gate.
This is how it looks after 3 years of rain and grime but the kids still proudly say "we painted that".
Since then we've let them loose on various bits of furniture which we no longer own so unfortunately I can't share photos of those masterpieces. I can, however, share N's latest piece of artwork.
This is a wooden toy box we've had for years, recently N came to me and asked if she could paint it. I was happy for her to paint the ugly old box in any way she wanted and here is what she came up with.
It took her quite a while to do because we couldn't find any large paint brushes so she was left using a small one (I promise I didn't hide the big brushes just to keep her quiet for longer). She used Crayola washable paint so I wasn't sure how well it would show up but I think it ended up looking great!
She really enjoyed painting it (she loves anything creative) and once again she's really proud of the result. I have to admit that it makes me smile every time I walk past it, it's so bright and cheerful that I've asked her to paint the other toy box which is exactly the same.
So if you have any furniture that you're not too fond of, a pot or two of paint and a child who loves being creative then give it a go - it just might surprise you how much you like the finished product.