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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

He's crafty, or he'd like to be

It's already been made clear that I'm feeling lacking when it comes to coming up with new things for Toddler in Chief and I to do together that don't involve matchbox cars or trains.

That said, I'm very excited to get the lowdown over the holidays from my mother-in-law who teaches Pre-K. She's going to load me up with kid-safe scissors and glitter and glue and pipe cleaners and hopefully give me a boatload of easy craft ideas to do with him that don't make huge messes.

As much as TIC loves painting, I can't stand having to watch all the paint buckets and brushes when we're done, which is usually about 15 minutes after we start. I need to get over my hate of cleaning and deal with my kid so that he can create art to his heart's content. If the weather were nicer, we'd be outside with a bucket of water painting the driveway. But seems like winter rain is going to be keeping us inside and stir-crazy for the foreseeable future.

Any ideas out there?


    It is easily cleaned by a wet cloth or eraser......HOURS of fun.

    I love chalkboards still and I am almost 30 ha ha ha

    don't forget the umbrella!

  2. Anonymous11:13 AM

    so a couple of tips...

    they have these little painting cups at target that you never have to wash. just pour the paint in, put on the cap, and you're done until refill time. when it tips, the paint doesn't spill out. then you're just left with brushes which you can just quickly rinse and toss in a jar filled with water til next time.

    ...try water colors. no paint buckets either. just a little water in the paint pallete tray. much easier on the cleaning.

    ...introduce TIC to big fat crayons or chalk. we wet the chalk and use it on dark construction paper. nol loves it. also has these paint pens. also very cool. then you've got zero to clean...the very best!!!