When Brett ran off to, I mean chaperoned a trip to France during Spring Break, I was bummed out and tried to find some solace in shopping. While in Long's Drug that day, I came across Elmer's Paintastics -- they're a combo pen/paintbrush of sorts. Since it advertised "NO MESS! Instant Drying Paint!" on the packaging, I thought that it might just work for craft time with Ella. Well, it didn't work out quite as I had expected. They were a little difficult for her to learn how to use -- you've got to squeeze in a certain spot to release the paint to the brush. So, I "primed" them for her and then let her create. It's true that the paint dries relatively quickly, but when a child decides to paint her HANDS, I don't think that you can really have "no mess"! Plus, she started getting a little rough with the brushes -- you know, smashing them with force onto the paper as a 3-year old is wont to do. So yeah, I decided that we'd wait for her to get a little bigger before we tried those again.
Yesterday morning I felt optimistic and thought that perhaps Ella could handle using them now that it has been a couple of months. I did help start the flow of paint for her and re-demonstrated how to use them gently. She seemed to get the grasp of it, and I let her go to it. When I came back in the room a few minutes later, I was astonished to see that she had painted a rainbow all on her own. When I praised her work, she told me, "I made the bestest rainbow in the whole world for Daddy!" It was such a precious moment that I had to snap a picture...plus, you never know when a 3-year old will decide to obliterate her artwork! Thankfully, the drawing is still intact and hangs on our fridge.
Bonjour from France! Don't worry, I'll wire money from time to time.
So you DO read this thing! Honey, you make me laugh!
Ella is so beautiful. I love her spirit. Her love of dance, playing, ducks, and creating art.
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