As summer comes to a close, and I realize that we need to get as much messy time in that we can! We had a fun art playdate but this time the theme was so super simple- Let’s Get Messy! The children were ages 2-3.
Here is a list of what we had to get our hands messy with:
Unfortunately being hostess and taking pictures I missed out on getting pictures of my son in action at the mud station. My original idea was to paint with mud, but then it didn’t show up on the board I hung up, so it was just a good ol’ fashion mud pie station. I used a pail filled with dirt (I bought a bag because our dirt is so rocky), and water. I put out cups, milk cartoon, scoops, and paint brushes. The board hanging on the fence I found at Home Deport for about $12 bucks and is already painted with chalkboard paint!
Spray Bottle Painting
Using spray bottles we painted over the first letter of each child’s first name. I love projects like this because it is all process based (squeezing with the hands), but in the end the parent walks away with a very nice product. Using the spray bottle is such an important skill for 2-3 year olds. It is great for building the hand muscles for writing and scissors. I filled spray bottles that I picked up at Walmart with liquid Watercolor paint. To make the initial, I printed out the letters using Helvetica font, and then taped it to contact paper to cut out. It worked OK. I tried painters tape but that is also hard with the letter B, so I stuck with the contact paper idea It did not give as strong contrast between the letter and the background as I would like- both the contact and painters tape weren’t sticking very well. Either way spraying was fun, and is great activity. Hint: I use a spray bottle filled with water to have him help me clean up around the house!
The Finished Project
We also had just regular paper:
Water Table and Sand Table
My husband kayaks so we put that out for something fun to climb on and in. It also ties into the Under the Sea (aka all things water) theme we had been doing.
For the messy part we made homemade popsicles! I bought Set of 6 Ice Pop Maker Molds, BPA Free Silicone Popsicle Molds, and I had Kodi help me make the popsicles the night before. We measured out the frozen fruit, scooped the sugar, and poured the juice. I turned on the blender. Then he helped hold the molds while I filled them- can I say I am in LOVE with the helper stage!
Love this picture- the stare down for food!
We also made a yummy yogurt dip for pretzels and fruit. The recipe from Mom and Me Cookbook and was fun to make and eat! It has yogurt, honey and mangos in it. He helped mash the mangos, scoop the yogurt, and add the honey. Then I added the fruit to make it look like a fish! He added the grape for the eye. Yum!