“messy painting”…
Posted in Uncategorized April 20th, 2016 by pia

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Over the past few months while looking at Laly’s preschool photos, I noticed she was rarely at the painting table or easels. And when I looked in her art folder there weren’t many paintings – lots of craft and drawing, but not much work with paint. Which I found odd, because she used to always love to paint with me at home. When I picked her up the other day, I asked her why she wasn’t doing paintings at school…
“Because I don’t want to get messy.” Whaaaaat?! My jaw dropped. So when, how and why did this idea of hers come about? I wondered.
“But getting messy is the best part of it!” I said. She looked up at me a little perplexed.
Then I said, “Okay, well would you like to do some painting with me soon ?”
“Messy painting?” she asked.
“Yes, exactly, messy painting!”
So yesterday afternoon that’s what we did in the backyard after the rain had stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds. And wow, did she embrace it…



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Here is some of the finished work drying on the line, created with lots of body painting, foot & handprints. As the sun faded, I hosed & cleaned up outside, peaking in the window to check on her while she bathed. Messy painting, Laly & I highly recommend it…


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  1. Holly says

    This is wonderful! What sort of paints do you use with Lally? Mine have watercolours and we have acrylic too but I don’t really like to get it all over them. These colours are really lovely too! X

    April 20th, 2016 | #

  2. bobbi says

    messy painting is the best. it’s creative, it shouts ‘freedom’, it’s liberating. Good job Laly!!

    April 20th, 2016 | #

  3. Ramonne says

    Did this, been there! You should be happy for that open space. I had to clean the walls for almost a week. After all it was an lovely experience!

    April 23rd, 2016 | #

  4. Tara says

    Hi Pia, such a beautiful post. It reminded me of how much I can still give to my 4 year old even though she is learning so much at kinder (pre-school)… knowing your child and given them opportunities for such freedom is a beautiful thing. It also encouraged me to get the paints out with my two year old and get her into the messy play. Thanks for so many years of inspiring posts and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the new website. Tara

    April 28th, 2016 | #

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