The last activity of the penultimate letter in the alphabet. I knew knowing that word would come in handy some day! Since the crazy weather here has turned its face to winter again instead of marching forward into spring, we stayed inside and worked on painting since we haven’t done much of that lately. I pulled out yellow paper and we talked about the word yellow beginning with the Y sound. Next I took plain yogurt and divided it into 3 bowls. I put in sage to make one green, paprika to make one red and curry to make the other one yellow. I also added two drops of food coloring to each bowl. What a great activity for all the senses. It smelled yummy while we painted.
This doesn’t produce the prettiest paintings, but the boys had a good time making a mess. They drew circles, squares and I drew a few letter Ys in the yogurt too. Just make sure your little ones don’t splat their hands in it. I can testify, the yogurt can really fly!
Later during the day, we did another yellow paper painting. I had several paint chips all in different colors of yellow. I let the boys pick out what yellow card they wanted to use.
Then I taped a stencil of flowers onto the card and I taped both of those onto a piece of scratch paper.
I poured out a small amount of red, blue and green Washable Crayola paint onto 3 saucers. I gave each boy a small piece of sponge and told them to stamp to their heart’s content. Stamp they did and had a marvelous time! This was a messy project for my boys. With stamping, they did the stencil, the rest of the paper, their hands, their arms, the table and even the chair. It’s crazy how much these two boys like stamping, just like their momma. It’s so much fun to see the differences in the two boys. Lance smears more and likes to stamp himself while James is much more neat on the page but gets rather wild on the table and chairs, everywhere except his paper.
When they were done stamping, we washed up and I peeled the stencil, paper and card apart. What was left was a cute picture of a mini garden. They are hanging on my fridge as sort of an early mother’s day present. I just adore pretty gardens.
That my friends is how we got through a cold day inside when we all really wanted to be outside and playing in the sunshine. Painting is my mercy for the day. What kinds of things do you like to do when it’s cold or rainy?