24 September 2014

I'm going to paint a pretty picture

Having done lots of sticking, colouring and playdough recently I thought it was about time to get out the painting. Little 2 is now old enough not to suck the paintbrush and control her utensils to that my kitchen doesn't get splattered (much), we don't do painting on the dining table anymore as no matter what size plastic mat I put on the floor the paint brush always seems to land about an inch off the edge and green paint does not easily come out of the carpet!! 

I didn't have anything in particular in mind so just gave her a brush and a small sponge and went with it. She was actually really good, choosing all the colours that she liked and then very carefully painting lines and swirls on her page washing out the brush after each colour and not creating that overly wet paper brown mess that usually comes with toddlers and painting.

She was very engrossed in what she was doing, it was lovely to see the concentration and the thought she was putting in, she informed me that she had painted a crocodile.

On a new piece of paper she did a little sponging, carefully one colour and then rotating the sponge a bit before adding the next so that they didn't mix (this is so her, even at 2 and a half she is very tidy and methodical, I didn't even need to wash her hands afterwards as she stayed perfectly clean) and dabbing them onto the page.

I then showed her how to roll the sponge over the page to get a kind of rainbow line which she thought was fab and then she drew a starfish (that's what she said) on top of it, for some reason although I took photos of all 3 of her mini creations, I can only find this one on the computer so goodness knows where it has filed the rest!

A lovely bit of time that we both enjoyed, next time I am going to encourage her to use her fingers and hands and get really messy!


  1. Baked Potato Mummy24 September 2014 at 17:46

    Wow! She's so careful and neat! Potato loves painting, but he just loves to make a mess. He mixes all the colours, splodges paint everywhere and paints his hands, arms and any other part of his body I let him!

  2. Sounds like a lovely painting session! Sounds much neater than any of Monkeys efforts, and he always ends up painting his hands! Lovely pictures and I love that she was telling you what she was painting! :) xx #minicreations

  3. Grace says - Great painting here. A definite future Picasso..... he he
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)7 October 2014 at 15:54

    We've been lots of painting this week too! I had been reluctant (mess!) but my little girl has been great, she's two and a half and has been very controlled with it, albeit using A LOT of paint for each art work! Love Little 2's creation x #letkidsbekids

  5. Aww what a nice work of art! Lovely mi of vivid colors =) #letkidsbekids

  6. Wow, what good painting skills. She is very good with that brush and the not mixing colours etc! The paintings look great.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  7. She is a very tidy little girl and I didn’t think she would make a great deal of mess but I expected more mess than she actually made! x

  8. Beautiful paintings - am so impressed by how neat your little one is - my eldest has just turned 3 and mixes the colours up a lot more than your little one does. I love it when they start telling you what they are painting too :-)

  9. She is a tidy little thing by nature but I did expect her to make a little more mess than she did, thank you for reading x


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