|Mary literally eating the paint. Thankfully it was non-toxic.|
The kid really seemed to enjoy this activity. Of course Mary didn't eat nearly as much pudding paint as she did real paint until the end when she was pretty much just sitting there licking her fingers. And she did smear it in her hair so we had baths afterwards. But I expected that it would make a mess. The white blocks are my attempts that our last name not be viewable. Mary had fun doing it and I have my first real piece of artwork from her since our last finger painting experience she did more eating then painting.
Patrick decided that he wanted to use a brush, which didn't surprise me since he's the sort of kid who doesn't like to get messy especially his hands. Last time that he had finger painted was the first time in years that he had actually finger painted. I tried to get him to focus on painting the individual letters and we talked a lot about the letters that make up his name. He did almost no eating at all. Overall the activity was a big hit and I think was a good way on working on the letters in the kids names. Not that Mary really cared or learned anything but Patrick started to learn the letters in her name as well.
Patrick actually finished first and did almost no painting on the parchment paper. But Mary did enjoy it and she signed more when she wanted more paint. Since she's still not talking or signing much at fourteen months anytime she communicates is really great! It was a fun activity the only downside was that it really didn't take that long and since we started it at like 9:00 we were finished, cleaned up and they were bored by 10:00.