I’d be lying if I said today was a great day. It started much too early (4am, but that’s a whole other story) and I found it hard to shake the groggy, sleepy, and quite frankly, grumpy feeling. I had to work in the afternoon. It was so incredibly hot and I felt awful after.
As I was driving home, I was literally dreading the pass off with Jamie as we quickly ate dinner and he rushed off to work. I was already thinking about how awful the night was going to be and how bedtime couldn’t come soon enough.
But then I realized it didn’t have to be that way. That I could choose to be present and playful and we could in fact enjoy our few hours together!
I’ll be honest, sometimes I suggest process art activities for me more than for my kids. I know how much they love to paint/create and I can engage with them in a more relaxed manner. I can sit and create alongside them or simply enjoy watching them. Sometimes we chat, sometimes we sing, sometimes ew just enjoy the quiet, lost in the process.
So on that same drive home, I decided that tonight was the perfect night for some process art. I knew being outside was a necessity, so I figured why not paint our windows?!
This was the first time we’ve done this and they both loved it! Some of my favourite pictures were taken from inside the house as you can really see their focus. Ayla really enjoyed the drippy-ness of the paint and used that to create a sunset. Rory really enjoyed spraying the water and this entertained him even when he was long done with painting.
It is a super easy activity to prepare and better yet, the mess is easy to clean up. Read on to find out how to do it! Let me know in the comments if you try it for yourself.
– washable paint
– paint cups (I just used mini solo cups)
– paint brushes
– spray bottle filled with water
1.) Put some paint into the cups. Just a little bit works!
2.) Add some water. I just eye-balled it, but it was about equal parts water and paint. Just don’t skip this step or your kids won’t be able to get the paint off easily with the spray bottle.
3.) Mix the water and paint well. Add a paint brush to each cup.
4.) Set the paint outside in front of a window. Our sliding doors were an ideal surface, but any low window would work just fine.
5.) Let your kids paint the windows. Then show them how to spray their painting with water and squeegee to start all over!
6.) We decided to leave some of the painting for awhile, but a quick hose-off completely took it all off.
Hope you enjoy this activity as much as we did. Let us know in the comments if you try it out at home.