No Mess Finger Painting, or maybe this post would be more appropriately titled “Pinterest doesn’t always work in Minnesota.” More on that in a minute…
The twins are now 15 months old! What does this mean for mommy? It it going to take a whole different group of activities to keep these two entertained. It seems like overnight they have mastered blocks and puzzles, and taken a whole new interest in books. This is super exciting for me, because now I can finally test out all of these toddler “busy activities” that I have seen on Pinterest over the last year and a half.
Our first project: no mess finger painting! If you are active on Pinterest, you have probably seen this before. The general idea involves taking gallon-sized ziplock bags and filling them with a few big squirts of craft paint. Seal the bag well, and use masking tape to securely attach the bag to either a window or table.
Looking back, I probably should have done this at the kitchen table, but R&B don’t quite have that kind of attention span. Especially B. Don’t even think of putting a toy in her lap, unless you expect her to drop it and walk away. B does things in her own time. She is my little spitfire.
I opted to do this as a window activity. This way the twins could come and go as they please, which is exactly what they did all afternoon. They would paint for a bit, go play with something else, and then come back and paint some more.
So here’s where I had a bit of a crafting fail. I liked this activity so much, that I decided to keep the paint up for a few days. That would have been a great idea, except for one factor: the weather. The temperature that night dropped to below zero. I woke up the next morning to find frozen paint. While some paint was just a bit thicker, some colors had frozen through. It thawed out a bit as the day went on, but I don’t think finger painting in the window is such a great winter activity.
If I do this again in the winter, I will probably tape the bags to the front of the dishwasher or fridge, and save window painting for warmer months.
Mary Ellen says
What a great activity! They have so grown up. Love your posts.
What an awesome idea! Couldn’t you just tape them to the wall or a door??
That’s a good idea. I could probably tape them to a door… worried about the paint on the walls though.