Yesterday son #2 asked me whether he could paint. We used to do a lot of painting. But with five kids, including a baby who has apparently given up sleeping at night, not so much recently. I had just gotten the baby down for a nap and was taking a few precious moments to sit down with some tea and a book. I desperately wanted to tell him “No.” Painting involves way too much set up, supervision, and clean up. There’s never anywhere to put the drying paintings and I never know what to do with them once they are dry. But, he had been asking a lot. And I really do try to be a good mom.
And then it hit me. I could let him paint without most of the problems. And I could use up some mess at the same time. It did get me out of my chair, but it was worth it.
We took some of the kids’ broken pieces of chalk. We have a lot of them because son #4 went through a phase of throwing chalk so he could watch it break. We took 2-4 small piece of similar colors and ground them up with a rock. We mixed in a little water and… chalk paint!
It worked surprisingly well, especially on such a hot afternoon. Grandpa even came by and collaborated with son #2 on a pumpkin.
I even made a pretty sunset to try blending
and, of course, a rainbow (no fall stuff for me yet!)
This is far too easy to be a novel idea, but I did come upon it by myself. I love that it helped use up the little ends of chalk. And that any mess will wash away with the next rain.