Friday, August 22, 2008


Joshua has always had issues with new textures and getting his hands dirty. Not to an extreme, but just enough to resist new things for the first several times we try it -- like the sand box, textured foods, etc.

He enjoys finger painting, but is a minimalist. He'll get the tips of one or two fingers dirty for a little while, but then he asks for a rag (or wipes his fingers on anything he can find). I have been looking for ways to encourage more exploration of the paints and today I finally succeeded.

I set up the finger paints, a bucket of water and a big rag on the little picnic table on our deck. Then I pointed to the sliding glass door and told Joshua we needed to paint it. He looked a little dubious, but quickly joined me as I slimed the window with green finger paint.

He was very excited to dip his hands in the water whenever he wanted (and it kept the paint on the window from drying too quickly) and moved from hesitantly painting with one finger to enthusiastically painting with his whole hands. It was great fun and easy to clean up later!


  1. How fun! Did you take any pictures of the artwork?? :)

  2. Alas, no pictures! A friend was using our camera that day. We'll have to try it again sometime!

    Thanks for your comments! You are so great at letting people know that you are reading. I should really comment more!

  3. That sounds like fun. Maybe you will find you have a budding artist on your hands. :)

  4. What a great idea! Sounds like you had a good time!


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