My son is anti-art. Step one, I’ve heard, is admitting there’s a problem. Well, there is. I love art projects something fierce, but my sweet boy just isn’t into it. He likes the idea of painting, always wants to get it out, but after two or three minutes of art, he’s done.
Ugh. All that work to get set up for basically nothing.
So any art activity that even remotely captures Sam’s attention and hold it for longer than 4 minutes is basically a hero project to me. Here is the latest Sainthood worthy art project: cookie cutter painting.
Sam actually did this. He actually liked it. We actually painted for like 6 whole minutes together. Laugh all you want but that is a big deal to me.
Our supply list was simple:
This was an easy one to set up: I laid down paper in our kitchen, taped it to the floor like nobody’s business and squirted on the primary colors. We picked out cookie cutters from our massive bin, blotted them into the paint and then onto the “canvas”. It was a hoot. We started mixing paint, making multi-colored animal friends, and before I knew it – six whole minutes had past and we had actually “done” an art project together.
Be still my beating heart.
Cue the Hallelujah chorus.
We did this art project in the kitchen so that the sink was right next to us. That was my “exit strategy” for this project – my way out once the ship started to sink or in this case, when Sam walked across the art in bare feet. Yikes. Toddler foot bath with cookie cutters while I folded up our art and put away the paint. We were totally cleaned up in under 5 minutes. Not too bad.
Loved this art project and we will definitely be doing it again at the Holidays with season appropriate cookie cutters. Can’t you just see cute little cards made from stamped art? Let’s just hope round two is as big a success…
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