Today, we had fun painting with different items I found around the house — a rubber basting brush, empty toilet paper roll, loofah, and a regular paintbrush. Stella loved this! I offer paint pretty often, but she usually doesn’t show much interest. If she does, it’s only for a minute or so. She stayed engaged in this for much longer.
She was really interested in learning colors a month or so ago, picked it up pretty quickly, and has been spontaneously naming every color she sees since then. I gave her blue and yellow paint for this activity and she began noticing excitedly that it was turning green when she mixed them. It’s really amazing what kids can learn all on their own when you let them lead.
Her “Little Helper Stand” is coming in so handy! She loves standing on it whenever we are in the kitchen. Whether she’s playing, helping, or eating, it gets a lot of use!
A less messy painting option is watercolors. I wouldn’t have thought to use watercolors with a young toddler, but my mom has been letting Stella play with them at her house and she seems to really enjoy it. I’m going to get some for her to use at home. My mom adds a couple of drops of water to the colors so Stella just has to dip the paintbrush in. Oh…and if you’re picky about the watercolors getting mixed with different colors in the container…well…you might have to get over that first 🙂