create (with kids): Embrace the Mess | FreshlyPlanted

create (with kids): Embrace the Mess

As I wrote about here, I've had a hard time giving messy materials to Billy lately. After writing that post, I kept mulling over why that is. Is it because we're living in a staged, showing-at-any-time house? Why yes, that's definitely part of it- but there was still something more. Finally I realized what it was, it was adding one more mess to our day. You see, mealtimes have become masterpieces lately with my littlest artist. And I realized that I was hesitant to create messy art because I was spending so much time cleaning him up already! But then, the other day, I realized something that could help. Billy was eating pasta, and it was ending up everywhere. I wondered what would happen if some of it was to end up on a piece on paper?

Embrace the Mess
Embrace the Mess
Embrace the Mess
It was a great success! And the best part? Doing art this way capitalizes on a mess we already had, which helps this Mama stay a little bit saner. Something that is helpful for everyone! (wink)

Side-note: You could try drying it, but we just snapped a picture for posterity's sake. Actually, I don't keep all of their artwork anyways. Instead I take a lot of pictures of their daily masterpieces and include the pictures in their digital scrapbooks. This way they get to enjoy it, and it becomes another visual documentation of how they're growing up. Which they are, everyday! 

Cassidy Sevier

Cassidy used to teach in the city, now she homeschools three active kids in the woods. She spends her days reading aloud, crafting, getting lost in nature, and refilling her teapot. Her best parenting advice: You should never give kids more water or glitter than you're willing to clean up! Read more about their learning adventures at Freshly

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