Oliver’s appetite for chalk is abundant.
For a couple more weeks, Eleanor is at camp in the mornings so Oliver and I have some time to ourselves while Martha is napping. Admittedly I take advantage of the kidlet lull to take care of some chores around the house, projects, and other sundry jobs while Oliver points at things for me to name.
But I attempt to have an activity for my non-verbal middle child at least once a morning; his attention span is somewhere shy of 6 minutes, so he can cover a lot of territory.
Given Oliver’s palate, I decided to set up some chalk painting. It’s all over Pinterest and probably the easiest way to feel like a wildly crafty and accomplished parent without really extending yourself too much! Oh, and kids love it so that’s something too.
I’ve used individual containers in the past, but I like the muffin tin as it’s much harder for an impulsive toddler to tip over. Simply mix 1 part cornstarch to 2 parts water and add food coloring to make whatever colors you like. (Don’t you just love cornstarch?!)
We had a bunch of those foam brushes on hand so I used those, but anything will work!
Oliver had a blast for 5 minutes and then he got distracted by a squirrel or a doorstop or something. He seemed to be into all the colors and REALLY liked watching me draw a truck, a car and an airplane.
The best part? He only ate like two bites! I could totally have done this project in the city, but obviously the suburbs are greasing my crafty wheels.
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