11 March 12
A sunny day, a collection of colourful paints and a piece of carpet — that’s all that’s needed for a creative craft. Our girls love painting, and this activity was a treat.
Upon returning to our home base, the girls asked if we could get out the paints. Painting isn’t something we do much of when we’re on the road, and I keep most craft supplies in storage in the shed for our times at home.
Originally I planned to let our girls paint on paper. But when I was retrieving the paint from the mezzanine floor, one of the jars fell down and spilled — all over the carpet.
Painting a big piece of carpet is a bit easier than painting a sheet. When this activity is brought outdoors, paintbrushes are almost not necessary, and it’s wonderful to see how the children experiment with colours on their own bodies.
Mummycraft factor: 6. A mummy is necessary for the set-up and the clean-up and the supervision. A mummy’s greatest challenge with this craft is avoiding cuddles by well-painted children. (The Mummycraft factor tells you how much of the craft the mummy ends up doing. 10 is full-on-Mummy-does-the-craft and 0 is walk-away-and-come-back-to-a-finished-craft.)