If you're reading this, you know me well enough to know that I like things clean. This is probably the reason that Louisa and I haven't had regular craft-time at home. But during a visit to a preschool a few weeks ago, I witnessed the shear joy that paint and messiness can bring. Lou jumped right in and got paint all over. When she was done, she held her hands up to me, nearly planting them on my jeans. I jumped back, immediately regretting my reaction. The preschool teacher said, "here Louisa, I'll hold your hand. Should we wash them?" Ugh. I felt embarrassed and vowed to loosen up.
So since then, we've done more drawing with colored pencils and playing with Play-doh. Then today, I REALLY let go and bought washable paints! Here's a video of our contained chaos. Louisa respected her boundaries well, and although it didn't tire her out well enough to cause a good, on-time nap, it was fun to watch and I'll definitely let her paint again in a few years...*
*JOKING! Maybe we'll paint again tomorrow after going down the slide at the park 30 times.