Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Happy little messes
Every time I see one of those ads for children's art supplies that only work on special paper so that they cannot make messes, I get so angry. My newest commercial to hate is one in which a little girl is painting pictures on her parent's electronic tablet using a special stylus and printing the "paintings" out to display on the wall. It's more convenient for their parents, but those children are getting short-changed in the creativity department. It's a difference in philosophy. Some people simply won't allow their children to get dirty. In our house we are definitely not afraid of dough on clothing, paint in hair, and crayon on the table. By making messes Maureen is practicing fine motor skills. And she is learning about the materials and how to manipulate them. With that in mind we made salt dough ornaments on Sunday when Becca was visiting. We all donned aprons and got to work. (Thanks for helping, Bec!) This photo is the beginning of the decorating session that took place later that afternoon. Yes, the special apron that Grandma made for Mo now has some acrylic paint on it--but it was meant to be used!
Mo's favorite activities at the playground are going down the slides and playing with handfuls of mulch and rocks. While my child was up to her elbows in the mulch yesterday I overheard another mom scolding her kid who was doing the same thing, "Drop that mulch right now! You could get it in your eyes!" I cringed and the little girl looked confused, especially since I wasn't stopping Mo. We let Mo dig in the dirt and mulch in our back yard all the time. What's the worst that could happen? We might have to wash her hands or change her outfit. Neither result is the end of the world.