Baby-Led Painting

I am not going to win any ‘Mother of the Year’ awards with this one…

Today while I was cleaning up the craft stuff from 4 days ago (exhibit A of my MOTY fail) Liam nabbed a paintbrush and bolted up the stairs while my back was turned (Fail 2).  Once at the top of the stairs he darted into our ensuite bath and dipped his brush into the dog dish (Fail 3).

By this time, I had caught up to him.  He was squealing with excitement!  Insert impromptu “Water Painting” lesson.  I ran back downstairs and grabbed some coloured paper while he continued to dip his brush in the bowl.

Once presented with the paper, he knew exactly what to do!


Dip Dip, Paint.  Dip Dip Paint.

Here is a video of him in action about 1 minute into the activity with very little instructions.

So this went on and on for a good 30 minutes and about 9 refills of the dog dish.  He was in heaven! He started painting the tiles, himself, the cupboards, the tub.  He even painted his hair!

This was for sure what he wanted to do with his morning.  He was SO into it.  Forget the big playroom, forget chasing the dogs through the kitchen, forget going outside.  He wanted to play in water!

So we did.  For a LONG time.

And then he decided it was time to explore in the cupboards… which was cool except I suddenly realized – they have not been baby-proofed! (fail 4)

Well now they are!  The bathroom has now been baby-proofed, all of the tiles have been ‘washed’, cupboards ‘washed’, floor definitely ‘washed’.  Baby ‘washed’ and he suddenly has decided it was time to turbo charge his playing and he began to do laps between his room and the bathroom.  Like he was trying to ‘air dry’.  Whatever – works for me!

It’s like the feeling of being understood and having his creativity support gave him some kind of super powers.  I have never seen him with SOOOOO much energy!

Super fun morning!

Now to think of some ways to add some non-permanent colour to this activity…





2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tish on April 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Try that fancy crayola paper that shows the colour but it doesn’t show up anywhere else.


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