This last week, while being at home with my two-year-old, I started running out of toddler activity ideas with the toys that we had on hand. Since my Son, loves to do any and all arts and crafts, I headed down to our garage into my craft cabinets and pulled out some old paint, an unused canvas and some tape. During this time and with the state of the world right now, my Son has been my saving grace – he has brought me out of anxiety, depression and worry by just being him and enjoying life in his own toddler bubble as he does every day. I implore all parents of toddlers/little ones to lean into their children, take in their mindset and allow them to give your mind a vacation. They are the epitome of pure joy and love and if there is one thing we need right now it is love!
This project probably takes a day to complete due to the drying paint, but it gives your little toddler/kids a break from their daily routine into something creative.
What you will need:
- Canvas/Medium Size Poster Board
- Non-Toxic Paint (All we had was 1 bottle of non-toxic acrylic green paint and my Son’s water color set he got in his Paw Patrol art set. Use what you got Mamas! Crayons, stickers, nothing is wrong and everything is art if your kids make it!)
- *Optional* Newspapers to place on the floor of your kitchen or any tiled room, because this can get messy!
- Before you let your kids free with all of their artistic talents you need to tape the saying that you want on your canvas. Take your tape and spell out whatever word you want to paint on. We chose LOVE because we want to do “Faith, Hope & Love” which is from one of my favorite bible verses.
- After you secure the tape down, you then can set up your paint and let you kids go wild on the canvas. Make sure that they do get over the letters so that you get a good outline out of it.
- Once your kids have had their fun, place paper towels down on a far-from-reach table and let dry. We let it dry for a good 24 hours.
- After dried, slowly take the tape off the canvas. This should then present your letters with all of your kid’s art around it.
- Hang and display!
During this very unsettling time in the world I know from experience that it is really easy to cave into anxiety and lean into depression. For me, it is a daily practice of intentionally choosing to fight those feelings. Speaking to all those Mothers out there right now hanging on by a thread with their toddlers, lean into your kids; allow them to be your source of joy. Try throughout the day to see through the eyes of your child. Turn off the news, take a break from thinking like an adult and just be present. Know that you are not alone and that there are many of us that are fighting and sometimes failing at trying to fight through this struggle. All we can do is take a breath and take this one day at a time. Sending love and prayers to everyone out there.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
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