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Boredom Busters: Veggie Painting with Kids
I’m sharing #JOHNSONS in my life as part of a JOHNSON’S ® sponsored series for Socialstars™ but all opinions are my own.
I’ve previously mentioned that before my boys were born, I was a second grade teacher. I loved working with that age group but I always knew I would be a stay-at-home mom once I started my family (Hmm…stay at home? We’re always on the go!). I feel like my formal training in education actually helps me be a better mom.
I think my teacher mindset helps me organically teach both of the boys even as we go about our everyday activities. I find myself naturally explaining how things work and asking them leading questions so I know what they understand.
I love working on things like letters, shapes, and numbers with my guys. My older son is doing some beginning reading, too. It is so much fun to see them get excited about learning!
Both of my guys enjoy hands-on activities. If you’re a mom, you know that often means messy! I know when we’re doing anything with paints or gunky projects, I just have to allow extra time for clean-up and potential baths.
I’m usually OK with that but there have been times when I’ve decided (a little guiltily) against doing a project because I know we won’t have time/energy for extra baths.
Or I did. Now that we have the new Johnson’s® Head-to-Toe™ Cleansing Cloths, I let the boys “help” with cleaning themselves up. Lessons in personal responsibility and all that. With Mom’s help, of course.
The pre-moistened Head-to-Toe™ Cleansing Cloths are two times bigger than typical baby wipes so they really do the job. They’re also gentle—no paraben or phthalate. Using the cloths means there’s no need to rinse.
And knowing I don’t have to worry about stains on our good washcloths/towels is great—just throw away the Cleansing Cloths when you’re done.
This last weekend my guys were a little bored. I decided to let them try veggie painting. We talked about the different veggies and their shapes, and then I talked about textures and patterns and mixing colors to make new colors.
I’m not sure they really cared about my texture/pattern explanations, but they certainly enjoyed the painting!
We used corn-on-the-cob, carrots and celery. We started out with several washable paints, kraft paper, and brushes.
Both of the boys liked painting the veggies and seeing their “pictures”. Of course they got a little exuberant and ended up finger painting too!
I know this is a project we’ll be repeating. This mama-teacher is thinking next time we’ll start in the produce aisle. Naming all the veggies and their colors will make a great lesson!
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