It’s no big secret that I was at the most awesome conference this past weekend: SNAP. I learned so much and met so many new people, but I’ll be back to share more of that tomorrow. The theme of the conference was Create Joy and I really took that to heart. I knew that the first thing I wanted to do with my kids when I got home was to do something that I knew they’d love: paint. We were one big happy mess of joy creation and it was fantastic.
First thing we did is choose paint colors. I’ve amassed quite the hoard of acrylic paints over the past few years and I let them choose whatever colors they wanted. Neons were apparently very popular picks and I thought it was funny that out of all the paint I had for them to choose from, they stuck with the Americana paints.
There’s no real tutorial associated with this craft because it was incredibly simple. Put some paint on a paper plate, hand over a foam brush per paint color chosen, and let them have at it.
I’ve learned that not only is there joy in creating, but that you can find joy in many other places too. Joy can be messy, imaginative, purposeful. And it can definitely be found while wearing your most comfy pajamas.
The color combinations that the kids chose turned out gorgeous; even though I was tempted to tell them exactly what they were going to use, but they felt more ownership and proved me wrong.
And the best part? Their beaming smiles. They loved LOVED creating, painting, making their own pieces of personal art. It makes me eager to let them paint more often.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I do have to share this last picture with you. Reagan was NOT impressed that I didn’t have more items lined up for her to paint. If you have an equally sassy little one, you might want to take this into consideration before you begin painting. 😉
I challenge you to create joy with your children. Maybe its playing at a park, maybe its making the largest Lego tower ever. Whatever you choose to do, create special moment and memories that will count.
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