Valentines 2015

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Monday, February 6, 2012

"Clean Painting"

Clean painting was a Pintrest idea, discovered by our wonderful Nanny Extraordinaire,in which the girls were 100% able to do at their current age and developmental state.

I have tried to work with the girls on coloring. Really I have. But they are much more interested in trying to eat the crayons than color with them. What am I doing wrong?! We were looking for other crafty or creative ideas that we could do that would be non-hazardous to the girls (or not change their poop colors - lol), should they choose to eat it.

Welcome to "Clean Painting"
Easiest. Concept. Ever.

What you need:
One clean paint brush per child
Colored construction paper
One small container of water per child

We stuck the girls in their highchairs, taped a piece of construction paper to the highchair tray, put a little bit of water in each of the drink holders on the highchair trays, and handed each girl a paintbrush.

When the construction paper gets wet, it changes a different shade of the same color (darker). The girls thought this was very cool.

If they try to eat the paintbrush, well, it's a clean paintbrush with water on it. Won't hurt a fly!

Clean up? 5 seconds. SCORE!

The only negative to this activity?
If you are into saving the crafty creations that your children make, you are out of luck here. When the paper dries it looks like a normal piece of construction paper that maybe got a little wet...probably not refrigerator material. But the kids enjoy it, and to me, that's all that matters right now!

We have lots of other ideas from Pintrest and Julia from Pontifications of a Twin Mom to try too! We will post as we go! Hopefully the girls love some of these ideas!

Until next time -


  1. What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You could always photograph the paper before it dries if you want to have a keepsake! Neat project.

  3. Love this simple and great for development! I especially like the "no mess" factor...LOL!

  4. Great idea! My girls are still more interested in eating the crayons too. I figure as long as they break the habit by kindergarten, we will be OK:).

  5. Love! love! love! this idea. I'm so glad my girls are younger than yours. I just have to watch and repeat :)

  6. yay! We love this too! Do they still have those coloring books that you use a paintbrush dipped in water to paint???

  7. It has been a while so I didn't realise you were pregnant with your third. Congratulations!

  8. Ms M, can you drop me an email please. yesolusola at gmail dot com


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