Hanging out with our little people is so much more interesting and fun when we get down to their level. Don’t you hate to hear the word No! a hundred times during a work hour?
You bet you don’t! A small child can’t stand to hear the word No just like anybody else.
This brings me to the Great Pumpkin you found on the Great Pumpkin Hunt.
What fun is it for your little one to just sit by and watch you or an older child carve the pumpkin?
And even when they are a bit older and you give them a couple of tries just poking the toothpicks in the pumpkin for design you still tend to say…. “be careful!” and ” no, don’t touch that, don’t do that, oh, no, you got your pants dirty!”.
This is supposed to be fun! Relax, we only get to enjoy this part of the journey of parenthood for a few years. ( Then they go to those awful college parties and trust me pumpkin carving is a walk in the park compared to worrying about your children in college on Halloween weekend!)
So in Momma’s house the little guy paints his pumpkin. Thats right, we paint it, it wont glow with a candle or little light but that is just fine. We have an extra pumpkin for his big brother or dad to carve for holding the flickering light.
What do you need?
- Washable Tempura or Acrylic Kids Paints ( yes, I use Crayola)
- Paint Brushes
- Paper Plate
- Paper towels or old newspaper if you have it on hand.
- ( these days I would just go and use old cloth, but the pics are a couple of years old and I was still a paper hog at the time.)
Its a no brainer: cover table with paper towels, but paint out on paper plate and hand brush to your little one. Now, if they don’t start painting right away gently take their hand and show them how to put paint on the brush and then put the brush to the pumpkin.
Here are some pictures! Enjoy! Like I said, you only get to enjoy this part of the journey of your little ones lives for a short time. Keep it simple and keep it happy.
And that is my challenge for the day is:
Find a way to not say No! during an entire project with your young children and enjoy every minute of the experience. If you don’t have a pumpkin than try something else. If you come up with a simple project that leaves no one in tears and everyone smiling please let me know! I can always use a few new tricks.