For some reason, I don’t need much of an excuse to make seasonally themed artwork using my toddler’s hands and feet and various mediums…usually paint and some sort of glitter.
But seriously. Crafting with a toddler? I know, call me crazy.
Aside from the utterly adorable outcome that I usually frame and place on our entryway table, doing paint-related arts and crafts is anything but clean and simple with a toddler. Especially when you’re covering pint-sized hands and feet (that are constantly moving, running, touching, grabbing, climbing, stomping and smearing everything…everywhere) with paint.
So, I always try to be prepared.
I get the kiddo down to his onesie or diaper. I put him in his old high chair to limit his mobility. I put an old shower curtain down on the floor as an easy-to-clean drop cloth. I situate him out of reach of anything. I make sure I’m not wearing anything that I remotely care about. I get paper towels or dish towels damp and ready for immediate wipe off.
Oh, and most important, I tell myself to CTFD and relax. It’s really not a big deal if stuff gets messy.
So, with spring here (err…somewhere under the 2 feet of snow we still have) and Easter just around the corner, we added a few other seasonally themed animal hand and feet prints to our repertoire. Let’s see. Reindeer feet? Check. Turkey hands? Check. Cottonball snowmen? Check. But the barn seems to be shy a few characters so…
Why not add a bunny and a few ducks?