**Please forgive the pictures. I didn’t think about pictures until we were already started so my camera phone had to do.**
My toddler is going through a, ummm….we’ll say phase. Dear Lord, please let it just be a phase. Over night my sweet, fun loving, easy going little dude morphed into a crazy Todzilla. He’s melting down over EVERYTHING. He asks for banana and then cries because….I gave him a banana. Along with the tantrums has come a refusal to sleep. Or I guess it’s probably the other way around. It’s probably the refusal of sleep that has encouraged the tantrums. Last night he cried from 1-2:30am. The only thing that would calm him down was me holding him. I know I’m not the only who struggles with just wanting to bring your kiddo back to bed when they have a bad night. The struggle is for real. For.Real. But! I resisted and did not cave. Instead I compromised. I laid on the floor next to his crib holding his sweet little hand through the rails until he calmed down. About 30 minutes and one very sore arm later, I could hear is breath get calm and steady. I tip toed out of his room and back into bed when I looked at the monitor and saw two huge round staring into the monitor. 5 seconds later he looked for me and when he saw I was gone it was full hysteria. Again. By this time I had been up for almost an hour and a half. I told myself…”10 minutes. I’ll give him 10 minutes.” At minute 9 he was jumping up and down calling for Mommy (insert pouty lip and teary eyes here…Mine..not his.) Then all of the sudden he went from full freak out to silence. Not another sound was made. He laid down, grabbed his stuffed giraffe and finally, FINALLY, drifted off to sleep. 90 minutes later my alarm went off. Gotta love Working Mom Life.
Where was I going with this…? Oh yes, since he has been a bit of a terror, I have tried to distract him with different activities. Monday night we did toddler yoga. Oh my gosh you guys. If you have a toddler, try it. It is the most adorable thing. No need for a video, or class. Just look up some classic, simple yoga poses and demonstrate for them. Z’s favorites are Downward Dog, Cobra (or as he calls it, Sleepy) and Downward Dog Split (in his version, he stands up and lifts his leg like a dog peeing on a hydrant). We’ll definitely continue with the yoga as long as he’s interested. The comedy of it alone is worth it.
So back to last night. I decided to distract him with a little art and we made or own Valentines. Z loves to “watercolor”. I quote that because he’s more interested in stirring color into the water than actually painting with it. But, every now and then he makes it onto the paper. We did have 1 meltdown when I told him he could not drink the pretty water though. (Mom’s can be so mean.) Anyhow…Here’s what we used.
Cup of water
Blank Post cards (I didn’t want to use my nice watercolor paper :/ )
So, this is a super simple DIY for the kiddo. Mommy (or Daddy or Grandma or Auntie or Uncle or Papa…just somebody) pick a phrase and stick the letters on your “canvas”. Then let the kiddo paint away. Once they’re done, let the cards dry and carefully peel off the stickers and Viola! A piece of Art to give to their loves ( aka Their Mommy’s, naturally 🙂 )
**Tip: Hold on to old plastic table clothes for arts and craft time. Hello Dollar Store! I can’t guarantee it’ll help keep the paint of your kiddo but it will help with your furniture! Then again you could always cut one into the shape of an apron and you’re set!
I personally love the way they turned out. I tried really hard to let him pick which colors he wanted to use and mix as he wished which, admittedly, is a little tough for me. Right now every color to Zeke is Yellow, so this is also a great way to practice colors with your kiddo too!
Be forewarned…You can expect your watercolor palette to look like this when it’s all said and done. But to me, it’s totally worth it. And by worth it, I mean the palette was only $2.50 (from Michaels with a coupon)! Plus, it’s watercolor…the palettes clean up easily enough. I think this DIY would work great with acrylic paints too or even sponge painting for a different look.
Are your kids DIY’ing their VDay cards? Have you tried watercolor with them? I’d love to hear about it!
Until next time…Happy Painting!