Hilarious, 3 Minute Art Project

IMG_7175 Ok, here it is!  A baby safe painting project and a lesson

The Project:

  • Carrots for the Orange
  • Spinach for the Green
  • Beets for the Red
  • Blueberries for the Blue/Purple
  • Tumeric for the Yellow

Steam each separately, then blend together  2T of the vegetable, 5 T Almond Milk, 1/3 C. Rice Flour in a blender until smooth.  Repeat with each vegetable.  Total prep time:  Approximately 3 hours (if you consider the trip to the store to buy all the ingredients).

But look at those colors!  Don’t they look fantastic?  This was sure to be a GREAT project.

Ok, so first I fed you so that you weren’t tempted to eat the paint.  Then, I left you in your chair with your bib on so you could be as messy as you wanted to be.

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You started out strong.  The red beet paint was going on smoothly and you were intrigued with it all; the paint, the brush, and the paper.  But, after about 30 seconds with the red, you wanted more.

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So, it was time to try finger painting.  Just run your fingers through all the colors.  Go ahead.  It’s fun!

One swish through each of the colors, and…

IMG_7187  You were done!

Ok, Grandma.  I tried it.  Can we be done now?

Onto the floor went the paper.  Onto the floor went the brush.  I grabbed the cup of paint just in time.  One finger into your mouth, just to see if it at least tasted good.  The verdict – NO!

That was it.

Get me out of this chair, Grandma.  All done!

Well, there was a good deal of clean up that had to happen first.  I tried to wash off your hands, one at a time, but you were wanting out.  Then I had a great idea.

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I gave you a pan of water to play in.  Into the water went your hands.  Now this was fun.  But, I turned my back…just for a second, and you decided to see if you were strong enough to lift the pan, tip the pan, and dump the water.

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Now there was just half a pan of water!

And the floor was soaking wet.

But your hands were clean…and you were having more fun with this than the paint.

I mopped up the floor, then used a towel to soak up the water on your tray and you liked this even more:

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Sucking the water out of the towel was the best part of the whole project

Total occupied time:  3 minutes

But the end result:

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Priceless!

The Lesson:

There are lots of ideas that sound really cute.  They take time to prepare but time in preparation does not mean that a baby will be entertained longer.  Truthfully, all I really had to do was give you a pan of water and a wet towel.  But, how fun would that have been all by itself, in pictures?

Anyone need some paint?  I have lots left over!

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