Today, we painted.
First, we anticipated and prepared for the project. I find it helpful to make Helen a part of the "set up". We chat about how much we like painting while I pull out the supplies. She names the colors of the paints and helps me tape her paper down to the table.
Then, that leads right into talking about the "rules" of painting (which change as needed).
- The paint brush should not touch your face... or your mouth... your tongue... your hair.
- Leave your paper taped to the table.
- We wash our hands when we are finished painting.
Next, we start! I re-purposed a plastic container to use as her paint palette. This works quite efficiently to keep the paint contained while giving her the freedom to dip her own brush into paints. A nickle sized squirt of each of three colors is enough to keep a two-year old busy.
Then, I just let her go for it. She started by dipping her brush into single colors. Then she started mixing, and finally, she started painting her hand to make hand prints - one of her favorite activities when finger painting. I just observe, compliment... and make sure that brush stays out of her mouth!
Don't forget to photograph your little one's artwork - otherwise you might be tempted to save it - however, it does make very nice wrapping paper.