When I was a teacher, I would play classical music as the kids painted, just like I do for my kids to make it a peaceful, relaxing time for them, and to have them focus on their art longer.
Sometimes, even in fun activities, kids need to be ‘modeled’ the ‘how-to’s, so I will paint with a brush, and talk about what I’m doing, “Look, I am making wavy lines for water,” or “making eyes for a face…”
“Look, now I making a face, an’ a banana!” –Finley
Little ‘lij-ey-lou has come so far in his art career, from detesting to loving! He’s coated in paint, and he could not be happier about it.
And of course, even with a smock, I think as moms, we gotta embrace the mess because life is short, art is fun, and shorts can turn into works of art themselves 🙂