Fingerpainting in the Tub

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{Guest post from Justine at The Lone Home Ranger}

One of my fondest childhood memories was when my mom let me finger paint on the kitchen floor and then just mopped it up afterward. I have no idea whether we did this activity once or many times, but my memory is a simple one: I could beĘas messy as I wanted. When I consider what I desired most in my days as a preschooler, I’m pretty sure being messy was right at the top of the list, as was making mud pies and delivering them to my neighbors on my big wheel.

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I hope I am half as creative and free-spirited with my kids’ artistic outlets as my mother was with me. I try my best to come up with fun sensory-oriented craft projects, but while I might have a smile on my face, inside I am battling my inner cleaning demon and her need to create order and organization. But I take a deep breath and step into the activity, and the huge grins on my children’s faces leave me satisfied each and every time I take the leap.

Reading Marnie’s blog lets me pick up her ideas and pass them off to my kids as my own, in the hopes that someday they will remember me as a creative mommy genius or at least as someone who loved having fun. I am happy to be able to give back to this wonderful blog by sharing an idea of my own today.

On a recent stormy summer day, I needed to come up with an entertaining and possibly educational activity; reaching back to my own memories, I roused up the floor-painting idea. Given that we rent a home with a white tile kitchen floor, and I had no knowledge of whether the paint would soak into the grout, I chose instead to plant my kids in the bathroom tub in their play clothes. Fun and frolic ensued.

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The greatest part about this activity is that there are next to no rules. To keep the fun going longer, I suggest providing the kids with some extra painting “tools;” I chose cotton swabs for drawing and fish tub toys for stamping.

I hope you had fun reading this post. I hope that we inspired you!

Justine is an urban homesteader, a minimalist mom, a writer, and a doula-in-training living with her husband and two young girls in Massachusetts. She is passionate about sustainable living, health, frugality, and her quest for real food and family heirloom recipes. She blogs at The Lone Home Ranger.

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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and
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  1. Jasmine says

    Justine, this is such a great idea! I have tried the kitchen floor option before but I think this is even better. Thanks for sharing!

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