Do you know what words very rarely go together? “Mess free” and “Painting”. Throw in the words “Quiet Time” to the mix and you are going to think I am totally off my rocker!
And yes, here I am today to bring you a Mess-free, Quiet Time Painting activity. As I sit ON my rocker. Literally. I had the most comfortable rocking chair when I taught Kindergarten that I did not want to give up when I left the classroom, so I brought it home. There was no where, really, for me to put said rocking chair, so I popped it in a corner of my bedroom. I am sitting squarely there right now as I type this blog post for you!
The stories I share … riveting …
Anyways, today’s activity is directly from The Quiet Time Club. For those of us in The Club, we are busy living the dream – and we want you to join us.
Each month, I send you your very own, brand new, monthly quiet time activities planned. Best of all, each month we use ONLY 5 materials for all of the activities! One trip to the Dollarstore to buy your 5 crafting supplies, if you don’t already have them on hand, and you are set. This month’s materials are:
- Cotton Balls
- Contact Paper (Shelf Liner)
- Popsicle Sticks
The activity I am featuring from this month was a huge hit with my little Norah. Norah loves to paint! But her Mama (moi) is not the biggest fan of painting with toddlers. The older I get the more I am leaning in to the fact that I don’t have to love all the things. I really don’t love the mess of painting with wee ones. There. It has been said!
A big thing we chat about in The Quiet Time Club is using our children’s interests to engage them into Quiet Time. So, how can I use Norah’s love of painting to engage her in Quiet Time?
Why, by keeping the paint, paint-free of course!
For this activity we used a shallow dish with water. We then used cotton balls (and I added in Q Tips as well, even though they were not a material for the month from The Club – I’m a rebel like that) and some plain construction paper.
Norah dipped her cotton ball into the water, squeezed out some of the excess, and painted away on the construction paper! The construction paper became much darker where the water was put on the page. It truly does look just like paint.
Not only is this activity fabulous for creativity and all those little artists out there, it is also a wonderful sensory activity.
Norah enjoyed this activity for Quiet Time not once, not twice, but THRICE! (It’s a real word. I know this because my 11 year old, who is an avid reader and has the vocabulary of a 73 year old intellect, uses it. What he doesn’t know, though, is that I go to my room and ask Siri if the words he uses are correct – because, you know, I am his teacher and all.)
Any Quiet Time activity that gets used thrice is a win around here!
I hope your little one enjoy this Mess-Free, Quiet Time painting activity just as much as my little one did. And I also hope you will consider to join me in The Quiet Time Club!
Thank you so much for reading, sweet friend,
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