Yesterday, J.J. and I sat down to do an art project. Really it was a “keep the child quiet” project so that my lady could get some much needed sleep, but J.J. was happy to do it. We sat down and drew pictures in crayon.
We both decided we were going to draw gardens. Spring on the mind? After our pictures were complete, we soaked them in a sink full of water for a few minutes, and then crumpled them up into a ball. We unfolded them, placed them on towels, and then broke out the watercolors for the next phase of the project.
We painted our wet, colored-upon papers to achieve a batik-like effect. This is the final result (J.J.’s only, I left mine out):
Pretty cute, and really easy! A great spur-of-the-moment art project that I can’t wait to take to my preschoolers. They would have a complete blast with something like this.
Today, we’re taking it easy. The kids have decided that they want to start going to church, and we made our first foray today – with disappointing results. The kids were bored, were not engaged, and we all missed that feeling of connection we were hoping to get. The community was nice enough, but the church was not a good fit for our family. Fortunately, it doesn’t throw the kids off at all – they are still very interested and want to keep looking. So we will try again next week!